Crookston History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The first people to use the name Crookston were Vikings who settled in ancient Scotland in the medieval period. Crookston was a name for a crooked person. A broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, nickname surnames referred to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favored style of clothing, appearance, habits, or character. This nickname was originally derived from the Old Norman word crok which meant "hook" or "something crooked." While this origin can be expected, more accurately, the name was for someone "who came from Crook (hill, or bend of a river), the name of several places in England and Scotland." [1]

Early Origins of the Crookston family

The surname Crookston was first found in Westmorland at Crook, a chapelry, in the parish, union, and ward of Kendal [2] of at Crook, a hamlet in the parish of Shevington, Lancashire. We find the earliest record of the family at the latter location. Specifically, the Lay Subsidy Rolls of 1332 list William del Crok there at that time. [3]

Kirby's Quest lists Kohn de Cruk in Somerset, 1 Edward III (during the first years of King Edward III's reign.) [4]

Later the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 listed: Johannes de Crake; Thomas de Crokes; and Johanna de Crekes. [3]

Moving further north into Scotland, two of the first entries were Malcolm Crok and Robert Cruk of Fingaldestone, Lanarkshire, who both rendered homage to King Edward I in his conquest of Scotland. A few years later, a benefice was reserved to Adam Croke of the diocese of St. Andrew in 1329 and John Cruke was a tenant in Garvalde under the Douglas in 1376. [5]

Early History of the Crookston family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Crookston research. Another 138 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1674, 1641, 1582, 1560, 1562, 1562, 1575, 1649, 1574, 1576, 1635, 1591, 1617, 1699, 1617 and are included under the topic Early Crookston History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Crookston Spelling Variations

Translation and spelling were non-standardized practices in the Middle Ages, so scribes had only their ears to rely on. This was a practice of extremely limited efficiency, and spelling variations in names, even within a single document, were the result. Over the years, Crookston has appeared Crook, Crooke, Crooks, Cruik, Cruiks, Crok, Cruke, Crukes, Cruikes and many more.

Early Notables of the Crookston family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the Clan from early times was Andrew Crooke (died 1674) and William Cooke (died 1641) who were London publisher partners who published significant texts of English Renaissance drama, most notably of the plays of James Shirley. Thomas Crooke ( fl. 1582), was an English divine, matriculated at Trinity College, Cambridge, in May 1560, where he was elected scholar 1562, and afterwards fellow, proceeded B.A. 1562. [6] Samuel Crooke (1575-1649), was an...
Another 70 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Crookston Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Crookston family to Ireland

Some of the Crookston family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 60 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Crookston migration to the United States +

The fertile east coast of what would become US and Canada was soon dotted with the farms of Scottish settlers. Some of them remained faithful to the crown and called themselves United Empire Loyalists, while others had the chance to pay back their old oppressors in the American War of Independence. That brave spirit lives on today in the highland games that dot North America in the summer. Passenger and immigration lists indicate that members of the Crookston family came to North America quite early:

Crookston Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Law Crookston, who landed in Iowa in 1855 [7]
Crookston Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • David Doig Crookston, aged 24, who arrived in America from London, England, in 1907
  • Ellen Margaret Crookston, aged 45, who arrived in America from Glasgow, Scotland, in 1907
  • George Brown Crookston, aged 56, who arrived in America from Glasgow, Scotland, in 1907
  • Leanie R. Crookston, aged 26, who arrived in America from London, England, in 1907
  • James Crookston, aged 45, who arrived in America from Prestwick, Scotland, in 1907
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York, Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. ^ Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
  5. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  6. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  7. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)


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