The ancestors of the bearers of the Croplay family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England
. They were first found at Cropredy
in Oxford. The surname Croplay originally derived from the Old English word Croppripig
which referred to someone who lived at a brook or stream.
Early Origins of the Croplay family
The surname Croplay was first found in Cambridgeshire
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.
Early History of the Croplay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Croplay research.Another 135 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1661, 1676, 1663, 1713, 1701 and 1710 are included under the topic Early Croplay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Croplay Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Croplay include Cropley, Croply and others.
Early Notables of the Croplay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Croplay family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Croplay or a variant listed above: Richard Cropley who settled in Philadelphia in 1819; William Cropley with his wife and son settled in Philadelphia in 1774; John and William Cropley settled in Virginia in 1652..