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Cropley is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from the family once having lived at Cropredy in Oxford. The surname Cropley originally derived from the Old English word Croppripig which referred to someone who lived at a brook or stream.
The surname Cropley 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.
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Cropley family name include Cropley, Croply and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cropley research. Another 135 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1661, 1676, 1663, 1713, 1701 and 1710 are included under the topic Early Cropley History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 81 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cropley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Cropley surname or a spelling variation of the name include:
Cropley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Cropley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Cropley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Cropley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
The Cropley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cropley 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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