In ancient Anglo-Saxon England
, the ancestors of the Croisghan surname lived in an area that was close to a wooden or stone cross, or a crossroads. The surname was originally derived from the word kross
Early Origins of the Croisghan family
The surname Croisghan was first found in Somerset
where some of the earliest records of the name include: Nicholas Crousman, Philip Crosman and Thomas Crosman are all listed there in the reign of Edward III. CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Philip Crosman was listed in the Subsidy Rolls
in 1327. CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
Early History of the Croisghan family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Croisghan research.Another 137 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1623, 1683 and 1683 are included under the topic Early Croisghan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Croisghan 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 Croisghan 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 Croisghan include: Crossman, Crosseman, Crosman, Croseman, Croixman, Croisman, Croxman, Croceman, Crossmen, Crossemen, Crosmen, Crossmann, Crosmann, Crouceman, Croiceman and many more.
Early Notables of the Croisghan family (pre 1700)
Another 34 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Croisghan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Croisghan 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 Croisghan or a variant listed above: William Crossman who settled in Virginia in 1637. John Crossman settled in Sutton and was one of the original purchasers of land from the Indians in the year 1639. John was originally from Taunton, Somerset
. He had one known son, Robert.