Croskey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The Anglo-Saxon name Croskey comes from when the family resided as dwellers at a cross or crucifix. The surname Croskey originally derived from the Old English word crosse, which means cross.
Early Origins of the Croskey family
The surname Croskey was first found in Lincolnshire. The name was first found to be in the southern English counties of Lincolnshire, Buckingham, and Oxfordshire, about the year 1250. By the year 1340 the most important branch of the name had moved northward to Lancashire, and established manors and estates at Crosse Hall, just outside Liverpool. This branch also moved into the Cross of Ledsham to the south in the county of Cheshire.
Early History of the Croskey family
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Croskey Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Croskey has been recorded under many different variations, including Cross, Crosse, Croce, Crosce, Croise, Croice and others.
Early Notables of the Croskey family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Croskey family to Ireland
Some of the Croskey family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 57 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Croskey migration to the United States +
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Croskey or a variant listed above:
Croskey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- David Croskey, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1845 
Contemporary Notables of the name Croskey (post 1700) +
- Henry Croskey Mustin (1874-1923), American pioneering naval aviator who undertook the auspicious task of establishing the first Naval Aeronautic Station, eponym of the USS Mustin (DDG-89), an Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer and the USS Mustin (DD-413), a Sims-class destroyer
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The Croskey Motto +
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: Cruce dum spero fido
Motto Translation: Whilst I have breath I confide in the cross.
- ^ 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)