England in the great wave of migration from Normandy following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Cromley family lived in Worcestershire as Lords of the manor of Grimley.
Early Origins of the Cromley family
Worcestershire at Grimley, a village and civil parish now in the Malvern Hills District, originally in the union of Martley, Lower division of the hundred of Oswaldslow. An ancient Saxon stronghold, the first listing of the place name was in the 9th century when it was listed as Grimanleage. By the Domesday Book of 1086, the place name had evolved to Grimanleh and consisted of a mill and one half of a fishery of eels. CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8) The place name literally means "wood or glade haunted by a spectre or goblin," from the Old English words "grima" + "leah." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Early History of the Cromley family
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Cromley Spelling Variations
spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Cromley include Grimley, Grimly, Grimleigh, Grimlie, Grymley and many more.
Early Notables of the Cromley family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Cromley family to Ireland
Some of the Cromley family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Cromley family to the New World and Oceana
In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Cromleys to arrive on North American shores:
Cromley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Cromley Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name Cromley (post 1700)
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