Crimley is a name that came to England
in the 11th century wave of migration that was set off by the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Crimley family lived in Worcestershire
as Lords of the manor of Grimley.
Early Origins of the Crimley family
The surname Crimley was first found in Worcestershire
at Grimley, a village and civil parish now in the Malvern Hills District, originally in the union of Martley, Lower division of the hundred
of Oswaldslow. An ancient Saxon stronghold, the first listing of the place name was in the 9th century when it was listed as Grimanleage. By the Domesday Book
of 1086, the place name had evolved to Grimanleh and consisted of a mill and one half of a fishery of eels. CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
The place name literally means "wood or glade haunted by a spectre or goblin," from the Old English words "grima" + "leah." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Early History of the Crimley family
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Crimley Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations
are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Crimley has been recorded under many different variations, including Grimley, Grimly, Grimleigh, Grimlie, Grymley and many more.
Early Notables of the Crimley family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Crimley family to Ireland
Some of the Crimley family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Crimley family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England
, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Crimleys were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America: Barnard Grimley settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1864; followed by Owen in 1875.