Show ContentsCrosley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the name Crosley date back to the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Crosley family lived at a region known as the cross or for the dweller at the cross. [1]

Early Origins of the Crosley family

The surname Crosley was first found in Lancashire where "the name of an ancient gentle family of Todmorden during the 14th and loth centuries and of Scaitcliffe since the reign of Elizabeth." [2] Another source confirms Scaitcliffe as the point of origin, but adds "anciently Del Croslegh, are of unknown antiquity." [3]

We must look to nearby Yorkshire to find the first records of the family though. It is there that the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 listed Johannes de Crosselay; and Willelmus de Crosselay as holding lands there at that time.

"The same record (p. 189) registers the following inhabitants of Stansfield (Halifax), where the surname is now so strong—Isabella Groslee, Elena Crossle, Thomas Grosseleys, Johannes Grosles. The change of initial from 'C' to 'G' and vice versa is common; compare Crandidge for Grandage, also a Yorkshire instance." [4]

Early History of the Crosley family

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Crosley Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Crosley are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Crosley include: Crossley, Crossleigh, Crosslie, Crossly, Croseleigh, Croseley, Crosslay, Crosslow, Crosselie, Crosseley and many more.

Early Notables of the Crosley family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include David Crosly (1670-1744), English Baptist minister, born in the neighbourhood of Todmorden, Lancashire. He was brought up by a pious aunt, and in his youth worked as...
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Crosley Ranking

In the United States, the name Crosley is the 12,241st most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [5]

United States Crosley migration to the United States +

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Crosley or a variant listed above:

Crosley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • William Crosley, who arrived in Maryland in 1663 [6]
Crosley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Crosley, aged 54, who landed in New York in 1812-1813 [6]
  • W.J. Crosley, aged 49, who settled in America from London, in 1893
  • F.S. Crosley, aged 32, who landed in America, in 1896
  • Mrs. M. A. Crosley, aged 49, who immigrated to America, in 1896
  • William J. Crosley, aged 23, who settled in America, in 1897
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Crosley Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Sydney Crosley, who immigrated to the United States, in 1903
  • Jeanette Crosley, who settled in America, in 1903
  • Jennie A. Crosley, aged 35, who landed in America from Belfast, in 1904
  • Mark Crosley, aged 23, who settled in America from Liverpool, England, in 1906
  • Kate Elizabeth Crosley, aged 50, who immigrated to the United States from Brighton, in 1907
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Crosley migration to Australia +

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

Crosley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

Contemporary Notables of the name Crosley (post 1700) +

  • Lewis M. Crosley (1888-1978), American industrialist and businessman, brother of Powel Crosley Jr
  • Walter Selywn Crosley (1871-1939), American naval officer, eponym of the USS Crosley (DE-226)
  • Sloane Crosley (b. 1978), American writer living in New York, author of the best-selling essay I Was Told There'd Be Cake
  • Powel Crosley Jr. (1886-1961), American inventor, industrialist, and entrepreneur co-founder of Crosley automobiles and Crosley Broadcasting Corporation
  • William Crosley Tennant (1850-1896), American politician, Mayor of Mt. Clemens, Michigan, 1892-94

Flight 191
  • J Crosley (d. 1979), American passenger from USA, who flew aboard American Airlines Flight 191 and died in the crash [8]

The Crosley 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: Credo et amo
Motto Translation: I believe and love.

  1. Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York: Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  2. Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  3. Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. 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. 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)
  7. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 24th April 2022).
  8. Flight 191's Victims - latimes. (Retrieved 2014, April 16) . Retrieved from on Facebook