The ancestors of the bearers of the Crisfield family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England
. They were first found at the cross-field.
Early Origins of the Crisfield family
The surname Crisfield was first found in Lancashire
where they held a family seat
at Poulton le Sands near Morecambe. They were also seated at Cartmel.
Early History of the Crisfield family
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Crisfield Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Crisfield include Crossfield, Crosfield, Crosfeild and others.
Early Notables of the Crisfield family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Crisfield family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Crisfield or a variant listed above: Ann Crosfield who sailed to America in 1702.
Contemporary Notables of the name Crisfield (post 1700)
- John Woodland Crisfield (1806-1897), American politician, U.S. Congressman from Maryland (1847-1849), eponym of Crisfield, Maryland
- Michael Anthony Crisfield (1942-2002), British mathematician and structural analyst