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The name Cronin has undergone many variations in the time that has passed since its genesis. In Gaelic it appeared as "O Croinin," which derives from the word "cron," which meant "brown" or "dark."
The surname Cronin was first found in County Cork
(Irish: Corcaigh) the ancient Kingdom of Deis Muin (Desmond), located on the southwest coast of Ireland
in the province of Munster
, where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
One name was often recorded under several different spellings during the life of its bearer because one must realize that attempting to record a Gaelic name in English is a daunting task at the best of times. Spelling variations revealed in the search for the origin of the Cronin family name include Cronin, Cronyn, Cronine, Croynin, Cronan, Cronnin, Cronnan, Cronnyn, Cronen, O'Cronin, Croynan and many more.
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The 18th and 19th centuries saw many Irish families
immigrate to North America in search of land and opportunities. The largest influx of Irish immigrants to the United States and British North America came during the 1840s when the Great Potato Famine
laid waste to their homeland. Hundreds of thousands left the island in an attempt to escape the starvation and disease it brought. Although the arrival of such a large number of destitute Irish was not welcomed by the established population in the United States and what would become known as Canada at the time, these Irish were an essential element to the rapid development of these growing industrial nations. They filled the demand for the cheap labor needed for the work in factories and in the construction of bridges, roads, canals, and railways. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has revealed many immigrants bearing the name of Cronin or one of its variants:
Cronin Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Johannes Cronin who settled in Philadelphia in 1738
Cronin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Stephen Cronin, who arrived in America in 1811
- Timothy Cronin, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1828
- Daniel Cronin, who landed in Mobile County, Ala in 1837
- Michael Cronin, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1838
- John Cronin, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1849
Cronin Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Denis Cronin, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1829
- John Cronin, aged 28, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the barque "Pallas" from Cork, Ireland
- Martin Cronin, aged 28, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Ann & Mary" from Cork, Ireland
- Dennis Cronin, aged 29, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Matilda" from Cork, Ireland
- Johanna Cronin, aged 21, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Matilda" from Cork, Ireland
Cronin Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- John Cronin, a tanner, arrived in Van Diemenís Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
- Daniel Cronin, aged 29, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Reliance"
- James Cronin, aged 27, Irish Convict from Ireland, who was transported aboard the "Aboukir" on December 24, 1851, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
- Jeremiah Cronin, aged 23, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Neptune"
- Jeremiah Cronin, aged 44, a carpenter, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "William Hammond"
Cronin Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Patrick Cronin landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
- Patrick Cronin, aged 38, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Birman" in 1842
- Mary Cronin, aged 36, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Birman" in 1842
- Timothy Cronin, aged 11, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Birman" in 1842
- Mary Cronin, aged 9, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Birman" in 1842
- Kevin Cronin (b. 1951), American lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist, and occasional pianist for the American rock band, REO Speedwagon
- Cornelius Cronin (1838-1912), American sailor who received the Medal of Honor for his actions during the American Civil War
- James Watson Cronin (b. 1931), American physicist who shared a Nobel Prize in 1980
- Vincent Cronin (b. 1924), British historical, cultural, and biographical writer
- John Desmond Cronin (1916-1986), British surgeon and politician
- Colonel Henry Francis Cronin CBE (1894-1977), British civil engineer and army officer
- Archibald Joseph Cronin (1896-1981), Scottish novelist and physician, author of "The Keys of the Kingdom"
- Descendants of Michael Cronin and Pricillah Pulley Cronin by Daniel Cronin.
- The Genealogy of John Cronin, Sr. (1862-1945) by Melinda Cronin.
- Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
- Donovan, George Francis. The Pre-Revolutionary Irish in Massachusetts 1620-1775. Menasha, WI: Geroge Banta Publsihing Co., 1932. Print.
- Heraldic Scroll and Map of Family names and Origins of Ireland. Dublin: Mullins. Print.
- Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X).
- Fitzgerald, Thomas W. Ireland and Her People A Library of Irish Biography 5 Volumes. Chicago: Fitzgerald. Print.
- Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
- Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1978. Print.
- Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
- Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
- Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
The Cronin Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cronin Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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