Crittendon History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The name Crittendon is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came 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." 
Early Origins of the Crittendon family
The surname Crittendon 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." 
Early History of the Crittendon family
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Crittendon Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Crittendon family name include Crittenden, Cruttenden, Critenden, Crutenden and many more.
Early Notables of the Crittendon family (pre 1700)
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Crittendon migration to Australia +
Emigration to Australia
followed the First Fleets
of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Crittendon Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- George Crittendon, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Stebonheath" in 1849 
Contemporary Notables of the name Crittendon (post 1700) +
- Chiles Crittendon Coleman, American Republican politician, Kansas State Attorney General, 1903-07
Related Stories +
- ^ Arthur, William , An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. London: 1857. Print
- ^ Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York, Harper & Row, 1956. Print
- ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) STEBONHEATH 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Stebonheath.htm