Scotland among the Pictish clans. The Crookshanks family lived at or near the Cruick River in Kincardinshire. The word shank means a point of a hill. Some people mistakenly think the name is a nickname for someone who had crooked shanks or was bowlegged but this was not the case.
Early Origins of the Crookshanks family
Kincardineshire (Gaelic: A' Mhaoirne), a former county on the northeast coast of the Grampian region of Scotland, and part of the Aberdeenshire Council Area since 1996, where they held a family seat from very ancient times.
Early History of the Crookshanks family
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Crookshanks Spelling Variations
Spelling variations were a common result of this process. Crookshanks has appeared Cruickshank, Cruikshank, Crookshank, Crookshanks and many more.
Early Notables of the Crookshanks family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Crookshanks family to the New World and Oceana
Many Scots left their country to travel to the North American colonies in search of the freedom they could not find at home. Of those who survived the difficult voyage, many found the freedom they so desired. There they could choose their own beliefs and allegiances. Some became United Empire Loyalists and others fought in the American War of Independence. The Clan societies and highland games that have sprung up in the last century have allowed many of these disparate Scots to recover their collective national identity. A search of immigration and passenger ship lists revealed many early settlers bearing the Crookshanks name:
Crookshanks Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Crookshanks Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
The Crookshanks 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: Vis fortibus armas
Motto Translation: Strength is arms to the brave.
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