Crimp History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Crimp comes from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It was a name for a person with an abnormal curvature of the spine. The surname Crimp is derived from the Old English word crump, which means bent or crooked. [1]

Early Origins of the Crimp family

The surname Crimp was first found in Herefordshire, where "Thomas Crump was mayor of Hereford in 1610. The Crumps are also established in Gloucestershire, Worcestershire, and Monmouthshire, and further reference to them will be found under one or more of those counties." [2]

Looking back further, researchers found entries in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 with early spellings of the family: Richard le Crumppe, Salop (Shropshire); and Constancia Crompe, Oxfordshire. [3]

"The surname is well known in the United States. Bridget Crompe emigrated to Virginia in 1635, and Thomas Crompe was already settled there in 1634." [3]

Early History of the Crimp family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Crimp research. Another 95 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1176, 1273, 1564, 1382, 1711 and 1800 are included under the topic Early Crimp History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Crimp Spelling Variations

Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Crimp has undergone many spelling variations, including Crump, Crumpe, Crompe, Crum, Crummey, Crumb, Crumbe, Crombe, Crom, Cromm, Cromp, Crumm, Crommey, Crummie, Crummy, Crommie and many more.

Early Notables of the Crimp family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Henry Crump ( fl. 1382), Irish theologian, an Irishman by birth. He entered the Cistercian order in the monastery of Balkynglas, that is, Baltinglass...
Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Crimp Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Crimp family to Ireland

Some of the Crimp family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 80 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Australia Crimp migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Crimp Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. James Crimp, (b. 1794), aged 36, English wool comber who was convicted in Devon, England for 7 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Burrell" on 22nd July 1830, arriving in New South Wales [4]
  • John Crimp, who arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Brightman" in 1840 [5]
  • Richard Crimp, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Royal George" in 1848 [6]

New Zealand Crimp migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Crimp Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mrs. Elizabeth Crimp, (b. 1800), aged 59, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Regina" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 4th December 1859 [7]
  • Mr. Henry Crimp, (b. 1800), aged 59, British labourer travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Regina" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 4th December 1859 [7]

Contemporary Notables of the name Crimp (post 1700) +

  • Douglas Crimp (1944-2019), American art historian, critic, curator, and AIDS activist
  • Daryl Crimp (b. 1958), New Zealand writer, illustrator, and cartoonist


  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 5th November 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/burrell
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BRIGHTMAN 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Brightman.htm
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ROYAL GEORGE 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848RoyalGeorge.htm
  7. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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