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Origins Available: Irish, Scottish


An ancient Strathclyde-Briton family from the Scottish/English Borderlands were the first to use the name Crosbie. They lived in Wigtown and Dumfriesshire. The place-name Crosby is derived from the Old Norse words kross and byr, which mean cross and farm.

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The surname Crosbie was first found in Wigtownshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Bhaile na h-Uige), formerly a county in southwestern Scotland, now part of the Council Area of Dumfries and Galloway, 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.

Before the printing press standardized spelling in the last few hundred years, no general rules existed in the English language. Spelling variations in Scottish names from the Middle Ages are common even within a single document. Crosbie has been spelled Crosby, Crosseby, Crosbie, Crossby, Corsby and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Crosbie research. Another 377 words (27 lines of text) covering the years 1178, 1180, 1189, 1215, 1289, 1296, 1347, 1440, 1593, 1546 and 1797 are included under the topic Early Crosbie History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Crosbie Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Crosbie family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 89 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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For Scottish immigrants, the great expense of travel to North America did not seem such a problem in those unstable times. Acres of land awaited them and many got the chance to fight for their freedom in the American War of Independence. These Scots and their ancestors went on to play important roles in the forging of the great nations of the United States and Canada. Among them:

Crosbie Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Richard Crosbie, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1682

Crosbie Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • William Crosbie, who arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1850

Crosbie Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • William Crosbie arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hibernia" in 1851
  • John Crosbie, aged 22, a bricklayer, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Admiral Boxer"
  • Patrick Crosbie, aged 39, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Nugget"

Crosbie Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Thomas Crosbie, aged 29, a shoemaker, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Lord William Bentinck" in 1841
  • William Crosbie, aged 6, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Lord William Bentinck" in 1841
  • Thomas Crosbie landed in Wanganui, New Zealand in 1843

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  • Robert Crosbie (1849-1919), American theosophist and founder of the United Lodge of Theosophists (ULT)
  • Robert Crichton "Bob" Crosbie (1925-1994), Scottish footballer who played from 1947 to 1958
  • Andrew Crosbie of Holm FRSE, FSA (1736-1785), Scottish lawyer, and a notable figure of the Scottish Enlightenment
  • John Anderson "Johnny" Crosbie (1896-1982), Scottish professional footballer who played for the Scotland National Team (1920-1922)
  • Annette Crosbie OBE (b. 1934), Scottish character actor
  • Miss Agnes Crosbie, English 3rd Class passenger residing in Wilmette, Illinois, USA visiting Scotland, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
  • William Francis Crosbie (b. 1768), Irish Member of Parliament
  • George Crosbie (1864-1934), Irish politician
  • Nicolas Crosbie (b. 1980), French professional road bicycle racer
  • Sir William Edward Douglas Crosbie (1855-1936), 8th Baronet, Irish peer

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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: Resurgam
Motto Translation: I shall rise again

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The Crosbie Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Crosbie 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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