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The Anglo-Saxon name Cross comes from the family having resided as dwellers at a cross or crucifix. The surname Cross originally derived from the Old English word crosse, which means cross.

Cross Early Origins



The surname Cross 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.

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Cross Spelling Variations


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Cross Spelling Variations



Cross has been spelled many different ways, including Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Cross, Crosse, Croce, Crosce, Croise, Croice and others.

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Cross Early History


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Cross Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cross research. Another 147 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1718, 1606, 1683, 1664, 1738, 1700, 1762 and are included under the topic Early Cross History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Cross Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Cross Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cross Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Cross In Ireland


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Cross In Ireland



Some of the Cross family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 101 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Crosss to arrive on North American shores:

Cross Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Cross, who landed in Ipswich, Massachusetts in 1635
  • Robert Cross, who arrived in Ipswich, Massachusetts in 1639
  • Katherine Cross, who arrived in Virginia in 1643
  • Nich Cross, who arrived in Virginia in 1643
  • Jane Cross, who arrived in Virginia in 1649
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Cross Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Cha Cross, who landed in Virginia in 1705
  • Francis Cross, who arrived in Virginia in 1711
  • Richard Cross, who landed in Virginia in 1739
  • Ellioner Cross, who arrived in Virginia in 1743
  • William Cross, who arrived in Georgia in 1743
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Cross Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Elizabeth Cross, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1811
  • James, Cross Jr., aged 23, landed in New York in 1812
  • Margaret Cross, who landed in New York, NY in 1815
  • Sarah Cross, aged 28, arrived in America in 1822
  • Daniel Cross, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1828
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Cross Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Charles Cross, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Ebenezer Cross, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • William Cross, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Mr. Cross, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Mr. Henry Cross U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1783 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Cross Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Richard Cross, who landed in Prince Edward Island in 1817
  • Caldwell Cross, aged 19, a carpenter, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Leslie Gault" in 1833
  • Laurence Cross, aged 23, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Sea Horse" from Galway, Ireland
  • Mr. Hugh Cross, aged 18 who emigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Huron" departing from the port of Belfast, Ireland but died on Grosse Isle in July 1847 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 22)

Cross Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Cross, English convict from Cambridge, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on October 22nd, 1824, settling in New South Wales, Australia [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1824 with 9 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1824
  • William Cross, a blacksmith, arrived in Van Diemenís Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Charles Cross, English convict from Northampton, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on February 22, 1834, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1834 with 230 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1834
  • James Cross arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince George" in 1838 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PRINCE GEORGE 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838PrinceGeorge-London.htm
  • Mary Cross arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince George" in 1838 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PRINCE GEORGE 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838PrinceGeorge-London.htm
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Cross Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John Cross, aged 27, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bolton" in 1840
  • George Cross, aged 17, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bolton" in 1840
  • William Cross landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • Henry Cross, aged 27, a baker, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Lady Nugent" in 1841
  • James Smith Cross arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Whitby" in 1841
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Cross (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Cross (post 1700)



  • Julian La Cross, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1924
  • William Jarrel "Billy" Cross (1929-2013), nicknamed "Canadian Comet," an American NFL football running back for the Chicago Cardinals and the Toronto Argonauts
  • Dennis Cross (1924-1991), American actor, best known for his role on the television series The Blue Angels
  • Christopher Cross (b. 1951), born Christopher Charles Geppert, American five-time Grammy award winner and Golden Globe winning singer-songwriter
  • Amos C. Cross (1860-1888), American Major League baseball player
  • Mrs. Bert Cross, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Arizona, 1960
  • Alvin B. Cross, American politician, Member of New Hampshire State Senate 10th District, 1911-12
  • Alton W. Cross, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1952
  • Abraham Cross, American politician, Farmer-Labor Candidate for New York State Assembly from Bronx County 4th District, 1921
  • A. L. Cross, American Democrat politician, Member of Nevada State House of Representatives, 1950
  • ... (Another 91 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Cross Historic Events


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Cross Historic Events




HMS Hood

  • Mr. Robert C Cross (b. 1920), English Cook (O) serving for the Royal Navy from Newport, Isle of Wight, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. William K R Cross, English Commander serving for the Royal Navy from Belbroughton, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. Joseph B Cross (b. 1915), English Petty Officer serving for the Royal Navy from Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Walter Sydney Cross, British Marine, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died during the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. George Cross, British Stoker, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Ivor George Harry Cross (b. 1920), English Able Bodied Seaman from Kettering, Northamptonshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. Charles Ivor Cross, American 3rd Class passenger from Camden, New Jersey, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Mr. Andrew Cross, English Fireman from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Ambrose Betham Cross, English 1st Class Passenger residing in Federated Malay States going to Liverpool, England, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking

RMS Titanic

  • Mr. William Alfred Cross (d. 1912), aged 43, English Fireman/Stoker from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking

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Suggested Readings for the name Cross


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Suggested Readings for the name Cross



  • A Lineal Genealogy of the Wilson Cross Family and Allied Families by Lillian E. Good.
  • My Cross and Hand Families by Jeanne Hand Henry.

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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.


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Citations



  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  2. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 22)
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1824 with 9 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1824
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1834 with 230 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1834
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PRINCE GEORGE 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838PrinceGeorge-London.htm

Other References

  1. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  2. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  3. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  4. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  5. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  6. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  7. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  8. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  9. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  10. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
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The Cross Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cross 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.

This page was last modified on 27 October 2016 at 13:36.

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