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The name Crisp was brought to England by the Normans when they conquered the country in 1066. It comes from the Old English given name Crispin, which derives from a Latin nickname which means curly-haired. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Much of the popularity of the name in the early Middle Ages is a result of the popularity of St. Crispin, who was martyred at Soissons in 285 AD.

Crisp Early Origins



The surname Crisp was first found in Oxfordshire where they had been granted the lands of Cowley by William the Conqueror for their assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The source Old English Bynames lists the name in the Latin form: Benedictus Crispus c.1030 as the first record of the family. Almost two hundred years later, Walter Crips was listed in the source Early London Personal Names as living there c. 1200. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
Later the family became well established in Norfolk, where they are to this day well known.

In Norfolk, the family goes back at least as far as the 14th century. "In 1388, Richard Crispe was patron of the living of Cockthorp, to which he presented one of the family; another Richard Crispe was buried in Erenze church in 1517." [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list the following: Robert le Crespe in Oxfordshire; Thomas le Crespe in Somerset; and Gilbert le Crispe in Oxfordshire. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)


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Crisp Spelling Variations


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Crisp Spelling Variations



Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Crisp family name include Crisp, Cripps, Crispin, Crispe, Crisppin, Crispp and many more.

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Crisp Early History


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Crisp Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Crisp research. Another 483 words (34 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1533, 1603, 1788, 1749, 1625, 1600, 1643, 1599, 1666 and 1630 are included under the topic Early Crisp History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Crisp Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Crisp Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 47 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Crisp Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Crisp In Ireland


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Crisp In Ireland



Some of the Crisp family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 33 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Crisp family to immigrate North America:

Crisp Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Benjamin Crisp, who arrived at Waterdown, Massachusetts in 1630
  • Benjamin Crisp, who landed in Watertown, Massachusetts in 1639
  • Francis Crisp, a servant sent to Virginia in 1659
  • Anth Crisp, who arrived in Virginia in 1663
  • Christopher Crisp, who arrived in Virginia in 1677
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Crisp Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Edward Crisp, who arrived in Rappahannock, VA in 1727

Crisp Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Downing Crisp, who came to Galveston, TX in 1836
  • George Crisp, aged 35, arrived in New York, NY in 1855

Crisp Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Benjamin Crisp, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on July 3, 1822, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 155 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1822
  • Emma Crisp, English convict from Warwick, who was transported aboard the "America" on December 30, 1830, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 26) America voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1830 with 135 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/america/1830
  • Richard Crisp arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Canton" in 1846
  • G. Crisp arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "John Woodall" in 1849
  • Thomas Crisp arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Posthumous" in 1850
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Crisp Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Crisp arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Nimroud" in 1860
  • Mary Crisp arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Nimroud" in 1860
  • W. S. Crisp arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Nimroud" in 1860
  • Elizabeth Crisp arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Nimroud" in 1860
  • Walter Crisp, aged 23, a carpenter, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Maori" in 1864
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Crisp (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Crisp (post 1700)



  • Covelli Loyce "Coco" Crisp (b. 1979), American Major League baseball center fielder
  • Charles Frederick Crisp (1845-1896), American Democratic politician, Representative from Georgia (1883-1896) and Speaker of the House (1891-1895)
  • Quentin Crisp (1908-1999), born Denis Charles Pratt, an English writer and raconteur
  • George William "Donald" Crisp (1882-1974), English Academy Award winning film actor for his supporting role in How Green Was My Valley (1941)
  • Frank Crisp (1843-1919), English lawyer and microscopist
  • Norman James "N.J." Crisp (1923-2005), British television writer, dramatist and novelist
  • Terry Crisp (b. 1943), Canadian NHL ice hockey center, member of two Stanley Cup championship teams
  • Thomas Crisp (1876-1917), recipient of the Victoria Cross
  • Ruth Crisp (d. 1960), New Zealand poet, philanthropist
  • Bob Crisp (1911-1994), South African cricketer

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Crisp Historic Events


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Crisp Historic Events




RMS Titanic

  • Mr. Albert Hector Crisp (d. 1912), aged 35, English Saloon Steward from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking

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Suggested Readings for the name Crisp


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Suggested Readings for the name Crisp



  • Ancestors and Descendants of James Milton Crisp (1834-1925) and Wife, Sarah Catherine (James) Crisp (1841-1911).

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 155 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1822
  5. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 26) America voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1830 with 135 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/america/1830

Other References

  1. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  2. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  3. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  4. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  5. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  7. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  8. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  9. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  10. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  11. ...

The Crisp Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Crisp Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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