Origins Available: English
The origins of the Anglo-Saxon
name Crissmas come from its first bearer, who was a person born at Christmas. During the Middle Ages, many nicknames referred to various religious festivals, medieval name days, or the particular day of the week when feudal
services were fulfilled.
Early Origins of the Crissmas family
The surname Crissmas was first found in Essex
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Crissmas family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Crissmas research.Another 328 words (23 lines of text) covering the years 1185, 1191, 1308, and 1602 are included under the topic Early Crissmas History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Crissmas Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Crissmas has been spelled many different ways, including Christmas, Cristmas, Cristmus, Christmus and many more.
Early Notables of the Crissmas family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Crissmas family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Crissmass to arrive in North America: Isobel Christmas who settled in Virginia in 1642; Richard settled in Virginia in 1647; and H. Christmas arrived with his wife and two children in New York in 1820..