Show ContentsCrosdale History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Crosdale name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. Their name comes from having lived in Crossdale, in the county of Yorkshire.

Early Origins of the Crosdale family

The surname Crosdale was first found in Yorkshire, where the earliest record of the name occurs was of Johannes de Crosdale in 1379 who was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls in 1379. [1]

Some of the family held estates at Waddington in the West Riding of Yorkshire since early times. "This place afforded an asylum to the unfortunate monarch Henry VI., who, after the battle of Hexham, was entertained at Waddington Hall, the property of the Croasdale family, and protected by concealment from the pursuit of his enemies for nearly twelve months." [2] There is no doubt that the name is from the Yorkshire/Lancashire borders but the local seems to have been lost over the years.

Early History of the Crosdale family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Crosdale research. Another 53 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1379, 1688, 1737, 1762, 1751, 1768, 1778, 1776, 1782 and 1825 are included under the topic Early Crosdale History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Crosdale Spelling Variations

Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Crosdale has undergone many spelling variations, including Crossdale, Crosedill, Crosdale, Croasdale, Crossdell, Crosdell, Croasdell and many more.

Early Notables of the Crosdale family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include John Crossdill, born in London in 1751. He received his early musical education in the choir of Westminster Abbey under John Robinson and Benjamin Cooke. Upon quitting the choir he became a performer on the violoncello, and soon attained to considerable proficiency. In 1768 he became a member of the Royal Society of Musicians, and in the following year appeared at Gloucester, as principal violoncello at the meeting of the Three Choirs, a position which he continued to occupy until his...
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United States Crosdale migration to the United States +

To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Crosdale were among those contributors:

Crosdale Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Roger Crosdale, who arrived in Virginia in 1713 [3]

  1. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. 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) on Facebook