Show ContentsCrosland History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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. [1] [2]

North and South Crossland are in the parish of Almondbury, union of Huddersfield, Upper division of the wapentake of Agbrigg, in the West Riding of Yorkshire. "The scenery in this neighbourhood is beautifully varied, consisting to a great extent of hill and dale, and the soil is rich and fertile. The chapelry of South Crossland comprises by measurement 1840 acres. The manufacture of woollen-cloth is carried on to a considerable extent." [3]

Early Origins of the Crosland family

The surname Crosland was first found in Yorkshire, where the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 list "Ricardus de Crosseland, living in North Crosseland and Thomas de Cosseland (for Crossland), living in Crosselandlosse." [4]

Early History of the Crosland family

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

Early Notables of the Crosland family (pre 1700)

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Crosland Ranking

In the United States, the name Crosland is the 15,877th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [5]

United States Crosland 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 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
  • Mr. William Crosland, (b. 1867), aged 25, Cornish settler travelling aboard the ship "Arizona" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 25th October 1892 en route to New York City, New York, USA [6]
  • 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 immigrated to the United States from Liverpool, in 1897
Crosland Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • James Federeck Crosland, aged 45, who immigrated to America from London, in 1904
  • William Crosland, aged 46, who immigrated to the United States from Sale Cheshire, in 1904
  • Delevante W. Crosland, aged 41, who landed in America from London, in 1906
  • Daniel Crosland, aged 22, who immigrated to America from Nottingham, England, in 1907
  • Jabez Luke Crosland, aged 50, who landed in America from Nottingham, England, in 1909
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Canada Crosland migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Crosland Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Walter Crosland, aged 25, who immigrated to Rescaro, Canada, in 1907

Australia Crosland migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Crosland Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Crosland, British Convict who was convicted in Lancaster, Lancashire, England for life , transported aboard the "Commodore Hayes" in April 1823, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [7]
  • Mr. James Crosland who was convicted in York, Yorkshire, England for 14 years, transported aboard the "Elizabeth" on 3rd October 1831, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [8]

Contemporary Notables of the name Crosland (post 1700) +

  • 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
  • Thomas William Hodgson Crosland (1865-1924), British author and journalist
  • Professor Sir Bernard Crosland CBE, FRS (1923-2011), British engineering educator, President of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers in 1986
  • 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)
  • William Crosland Goldberg (b. 1917), American politician, Member of South Carolina State House of Representatives from Marlboro County, 1949-50; Member of South Carolina State Senate from Marlboro County, 1959-62 [9]

HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. George Fred Crosland, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales (1941) and survived the sinking [10]

The Crosland 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: Ultra pergere
Motto Translation: To advance farther.

  1. Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  3. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  4. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  5. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  6. Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from
  7. Convict Records of Australia. Retrieved 4th March 2021 from
  8. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 9th March 2022). Retrieved from
  9. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 19) . Retrieved from
  10. HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from on Facebook