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Where did the English Crosland family come from? What is the English Crosland family crest and coat of arms? When did the Crosland family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Crosland family history?

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


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 Crosland has undergone many spelling variations, including Crosland, Crosseland, Crossland, Crosseland, Crosland, Crosselonde, Crosslane and many more.

First found in Yorkshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Crosland research. Another 297 words(21 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1308, 1379, 1397, 1536, 1538, 1642, 1720, and 1889 are included under the topic Early Crosland History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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


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 Crosland were among those contributors:

Crosland Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Wm. Crosland, aged 25, who landed in America from Liskeard, in 1892
  • Miss. Crosland, aged 21, who landed in America from Huddersfield, in 1893
  • J. Crosland, aged 52, who settled in America from Huddersfield, in 1896
  • J. Crosland, aged 34, who emigrated to the United States from Liverpool, in 1897

Crosland Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • James Federeck Crosland, aged 45, who emigrated to America from London, in 1904
  • William Crosland, aged 46, who emigrated to the United States from Sale Cheshire, in 1904
  • Delevante W. Crosland, aged 41, who landed in America from London, in 1906
  • Jabez Luke Crosland, aged 50, who landed in America from Nottingham, England, in 1909

Crosland Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Walter Crosland, aged 25, who emigrated to Rescaro, Canada, in 1907


  • Alan Crosland (1894-1936), American stage actor and film director, known for his work in The Jazz Singer (1927), The Beloved Rogue (1927) and Don Juan (1926)
  • John Ronald Crosland DSC (1922-2006), English professional football player
  • Anthony Crosland (1918-1977), British politician, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1976-1977), Secretary of State for the Environment (1974-1976), Shadow Secretary of State for the Environment (1970-1974)
  • Professor Sir Bernard Crosland CBE, FRS (1923-2011), British engineering educator, President of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers in 1986
  • Thomas William Hodgson Crosland (1865-1924), British author and journalist
  • Mr. George Fred Crosland, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking


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: Ultra pergere
Motto Translation: To advance farther.


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