Croshan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The ancient roots of the Croshan family name are in the Anglo-Saxon culture. The name Croshan comes from when the family lived in an area that was close to a wooden or stone cross, or a crossroads. The surname was originally derived from the word kross.
Early Origins of the Croshan family
The surname Croshan was first found in Somerset where some of the earliest records of the name include: Nicholas Crousman, Philip Crosman and Thomas Crosman are all listed there in the reign of Edward III.  Philip Crosman was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of Somerset in 1327. 
Early History of the Croshan family
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Croshan Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Croshan has appeared include Crossman, Crosseman, Crosman, Croseman, Croixman, Croisman, Croxman, Croceman, Crossmen, Crossemen, Crosmen, Crossmann, Crosmann, Crouceman, Croiceman and many more.
Early Notables of the Croshan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Croshan family
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Croshan arrived in North America very early: William Crossman who settled in Virginia in 1637. John Crossman settled in Sutton and was one of the original purchasers of land from the Indians in the year 1639. John was originally from Taunton, Somerset, England. He had one known son, Robert.
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- ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
- ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)