The ancestors of the name Croice date back to the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Croice family lived as dwellers at a cross or crucifix.
The surname Croice originally derived from the Old English word crosse,
which means cross.
Early Origins of the Croice family
The surname Croice 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 Croice family
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Croice Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Croice are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Croice include: Cross, Crosse, Croce, Crosce, Croise, Croice and others.
Early Notables of the Croice family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Croice family to Ireland
Some of the Croice family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 101 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Croice family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Croice or a variant listed above: John Cross, who came from Ipswich, England
, on the sailing ship the "Elizabeth" in 1634. Another John Cross settled a year later, also from Ipswich, and he became a freeman in Hampton in 1635. John Cross was constable of Wells, Massachusetts Bay Colony, in 1647. John Croos (same family) settled in Boston in 1633.
The Croice 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.