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Origins Available: Irish, Scottish
A family of Strathclyde-Briton were the first to use the name Crosby. 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.
In the era before dictionaries, there were no rules governing the spelling or translation of names or any other words. Consequently, there are an enormous number of spelling variations in Medieval Scottish names. Crosby has appeared as Crosby, Crosseby, Crosbie, Crossby, Corsby and many more.
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.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Crosby 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 Crosby History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Crosby Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Crosby 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.
The freedom, opportunity, and land of the North American colonies beckoned. There, Scots found a place where they were generally free from persecution and where they could go on to become important players in the birth of new nations. Some fought in the American War of Independence, while others went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these Scottish settlers have been able to recover their lost national heritage in the last century through highland games and Clan societies in North America. Among them:
Crosby Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Simon Crosby came in the "Susan and Ellen" sailing ship in 1635 and settled in Braintree, he became a freeman in 1636. His son, also named Simon, became the first innholder in Billerica
- Marmaduke Crosby, aged 28, arrived in Barbados in 1635
- Simon Crosby, who arrived in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1635
- Symon Crosby, aged 26, landed in America in 1635
- Tho Crosby, who arrived in Virginia in 1637
Crosby Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Joshua Crosby, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746
- Thomas Crosby, who landed in America in 1760-1763
- Patrick Crosby, aged 19, landed in Pennsylvania in 1775
Crosby Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- James Crosby, who arrived in New York in 1801
- Neal Crosby, aged 24, landed in New York, NY in 1804
- Mathew Crosby, who landed in New York, NY in 1817
- Mr. Crosby, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1821
- Peter Crosby, who arrived in New York in 1822
Crosby Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Abigal Crosby, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
- Barnett Crosby, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
- Josiah Crosby, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
- Wm Crosby, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
Crosby Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Wintrope Crosby, who arrived in Canada in 1828
- Israel Crosby, who landed in Canada in 1828
- Chancy Crosby, who landed in Canada in 1834
Crosby Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
- B Crosby, who landed in St John New Brunswick in 1907
- Mrs. Crosby, who landed in St John, New Brunswick in 1907
- Mrs. R Crosby, who landed in St John, New Brunswick in 1907
- O Crosby, who arrived in St John, New Brunswick in 1907
Crosby Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Charles Crosby arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Orleana" in 1839
- Daniel Crosby arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Planter" in 1839
- Charles Crosby arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Orleana" in 1840
- M.H. Crosby arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Cromwell" in 1849
- Michael Crosby arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Emily" in 1849
Crosby Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- David Crosby landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1843
- Robert Crosby arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Gertrude" in 1863
- George Crosby, aged 18, a labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waitangi" in 1874
- B.J. Crosby (1952-2015), born Joanne Crayton, an American Tony Award nominated jazz vocalist, singer, and actress, best known for her performance in the musical, Smokey Joe's Cafe
- Mrs. Catherine Elizabeth Crosby, (née Halstead), aged 64, American First Class passenger from Milwaukee, Wisconsin who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping in life boat 7
- Miss Harriette Rebecca Crosby, aged 39, American First Class passenger from Milwaukee, Wisconsin who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping in life boat 7
- Captain Edward Crosby (d. 1912), aged 70, American First Class passenger from Milwaukee, Wisconsin who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking and was recovered by CS Mackay-Bennett
- Robert Edward Crosby (b. 1980), American Major League Baseball infielder, Rookie of the Year in 2004
- Percy Leo Crosby (1891-1964), American author, illustrator and cartoonist best known for his popular comic strip Skippy
- Kathryn Crosby (b. 1933), born Olive Kathryn Grandstaff, an American actress and singer, wife of Bing Crosby
- Denise Michelle Crosby (b. 1957), American actress, best known for portraying Security Chief Tasha Yar in Star Trek: The Next Generation, granddaughter of Bing Crosby
- Mary Frances Crosby (b. 1959), American actress, best known for her role as Kristin Shepard in the television series Dallas (1979–1981), daughter of Bing Crosby
- George Robert "Bob" Crosby (1913-1993), American Swing music singer and Dixieland bandleader, father of Bing Crosby
- Ancestors and Descendants of Timothy Crosby, Jr. by Paul Wesley Prindle.
- Crosby, a Pictorial History and Genealogy by Samuel N. Crosby.
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 Translation: I shall rise again
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The Crosby Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Crosby 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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