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The name Crittenden has a long Anglo-Saxon heritage. The name comes from when a family lived in the village of Crotynden (Crittenden or Cruttenden) in West Kent. This lost village is thought to have derived its name from the Old English personal name Gu(dh)here + Old English "-ing" and "denn," literally meaning "person living near a woodland pasture." (Oxford)

Another source claims the name was derived from "the cot on the lower hill; from cru, a cot; tane, lower, and dun or din, a hill; or it may be the chalk hill, from krit, Saxon, chalk." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Arthur, William , An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. London: 1857. Print


Crittenden Early Origins



The surname Crittenden was first found in West Kent at Crittenden. While this is the generally accepted origin of the name one source claims the family originally "came from Criddon, formerly Critendone (Cridela's hill), in Shropshire." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York, Harper & Row, 1956. Print

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Crittenden Spelling Variations


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Crittenden Spelling Variations



Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Crittenden have been found, including Crittenden, Cruttenden, Critenden, Crutenden and many more.

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Crittenden Early History


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Crittenden Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Crittenden research. Another 198 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 148 and 1481 are included under the topic Early Crittenden History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Crittenden Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Crittenden Early Notables (pre 1700)



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Crittenden In Ireland


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Crittenden In Ireland



Some of the Crittenden family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 45 words (3 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



Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Crittenden, or a variant listed above:

Crittenden Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • R H Crittenden, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • George Crittenden who arrived in San Francisco in 1852 with his wife, six children, and two servants
  • C S Crittenden, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1860 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Albert Crittenden, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1876

Crittenden Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Samuel Crittenden, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Asia" in 1839 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of South Australia. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) ASIA 1839 from London with Captain Benjamin Freeman and 245 passengers, arrived Port Adelaide on 16-07-1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Asia-list.htm
  • Jemima Crittenden, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Asia" in 1839 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of South Australia. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) ASIA 1839 from London with Captain Benjamin Freeman and 245 passengers, arrived Port Adelaide on 16-07-1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Asia-list.htm
  • Sarah Crittenden, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Asia" in 1839 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of South Australia. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) ASIA 1839 from London with Captain Benjamin Freeman and 245 passengers, arrived Port Adelaide on 16-07-1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Asia-list.htm
  • Ann Crittenden, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Asia" in 1839 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of South Australia. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) ASIA 1839 from London with Captain Benjamin Freeman and 245 passengers, arrived Port Adelaide on 16-07-1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Asia-list.htm
  • John Crittenden, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Asia" in 1839 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of South Australia. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) ASIA 1839 from London with Captain Benjamin Freeman and 245 passengers, arrived Port Adelaide on 16-07-1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Asia-list.htm

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Contemporary Notables of the name Crittenden (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Crittenden (post 1700)



  • Howard Royce "Howie" Crittenden (1933-2013), American college basketball player and coach
  • Thomas Turpin Crittenden (1825-1905), American Union general in the American Civil War
  • Thomas Theodore Crittenden Jr. (1863-1938), American politician, Mayor of Kansas City, Missouri from 1908 to 1909
  • Thomas Theodore Crittenden (1832-1909), United States colonel during the American Civil War, 24th Governor of Missouri from 1881 to 1885
  • Robert Crittenden (1797-1834), American attorney and politician, temporary Governor of Arkansas Territory, co-founder of the Rose Law Firm
  • John Jordan Crittenden III (1854-1876), American officer killed at the Battle of Little Big Horn with General Custer
  • John Crittenden (1754-1809), American Major in the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War
  • Jennifer Crittenden (b. 1969), American five-time Primetime Emmy Award nominated screenwriter and producer, her works include Everybody Loves Raymond and Seinfeld
  • George Bibb Crittenden (1812-1880), American general in the Confederate States Army in the American Civil War
  • Thomas Leonidas Crittenden (1819-1893), American Union general during the American Civil War
  • ... (Another 6 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Crittenden Historic Events


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Crittenden Historic Events




HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Frederick Crittenden, British Chief Petty Officer, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Arthur, William , An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. London: 1857. Print
  2. ^ Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York, Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  3. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  4. ^ State Library of South Australia. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) ASIA 1839 from London with Captain Benjamin Freeman and 245 passengers, arrived Port Adelaide on 16-07-1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Asia-list.htm
  5. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html

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  3. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  4. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  5. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  6. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
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  8. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
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The Crittenden Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Crittenden 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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