Croce History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Croce is a name whose history is connected to the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Croce family once lived as dwellers at a cross or crucifix. The surname Croce originally derived from the Old English word crosse, which means cross.
Early Origins of the Croce family
The surname Croce was first found in Lincolnshire. The name was first found to be in the southern English counties of Lincolnshire, Buckingham, and Oxfordshire, about the year 1250. By the year 1340 the most important branch of the name had moved northward to Lancashire, and established manors and estates at Crosse Hall, just outside Liverpool. This branch also moved into the Cross of Ledsham to the south in the county of Cheshire.
Early History of the Croce family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Croce research. Another 74 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1718, 1606, 1683, 1664, 1738, 1700, 1762 and are included under the topic Early Croce History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Croce 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 Croce family name include Cross, Crosse, Croce, Crosce, Croise, Croice and others.
Early Notables of the Croce family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Croce family to Ireland
Some of the Croce family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 57 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Croce migration to the United States +
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Croce surname or a spelling variation of the name include:
Croce Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Gartano Croce, who settled in Baltimore in 1832
- Gaetano Croce, who arrived in New York, NY in 1836
- Gaetano Croce, who landed in New York, NY in 1836 
- Ludwig Croce, who settled in New York in 1855
Croce Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Angelo Antonio Croce, who arrived in Kansas in 1938
Contemporary Notables of the name Croce (post 1700) +
- Mary Keating Croce DiSabato (1928-2016), American Democratic Party politician, Member of the New Jersey General Assembly (1974-1980)
- Arlene Croce (b. 1934), American critic and writer on dance, founder of Ballet Review in 1965
- Jim Croce (1943-1973), American singer songwriter
- Benedetto Croce (1866-1952), Italian philosopher, critic, and educator
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The Croce Motto +
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Cruce dum spero fido
Motto Translation: Whilst I have breath I confide in the cross.
- ^ 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)