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The original Gaelic form of the Irish name Crossan was written as Mac an Chrosain, which is derived from the word cros, which means cross.

Crossan Early Origins



The surname Crossan was first found in Leinster, where they held a family seat at Ballymacrossan on the border of Leix and Offaly. There they were an off-shoot of the notable Clan O'Moore which was the leading sept of the 'Seven Clans of Leix'. In Gaelic the surname is "Mac an Chrosain," but more frequently seen in the English form "Crosby" or "Crosbie" which was listed as early as the early 1600s. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
MacLysaght, Edward, More Irish Families. Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0)

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Crossan Spelling Variations


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Crossan Spelling Variations



Names during the Middle Ages were often recorded under several different spelling variations during the life of their bearers. Literacy was rare at that time and so how a person's name was recorded was decided by the individual scribe. Variations of the name Crossan include Crossan, Crossen, McCrossan, McCrossen, MacCrossan, MacCrossin, MacCrossen, Crossin, MacCrosson, McCrosson, Crosson, McCrosin, McCrosen and many more.

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Crossan Early History


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Crossan Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Crossan research. Another 513 words (37 lines of text) covering the years 1600, 1621, 1638, 1658, 1658, 1639, 1619, 1638, 1695, 1689 and 1762 are included under the topic Early Crossan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Crossan Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Crossan Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable amongst the family name at this time was Patrick McCrossan, Chief of his Clann; John Crosbie, alias Sean Mac an Chrosáin (died 1621), a bishop of the Church of Ireland; and his sons: Sir Walter Crosbie, 1st Baronet, died 4 Aug 1638; David Crosbie (died 1658), died 1658; Sir John...

Another 53 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Crossan Notables 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 the late 18th century, Irish families began emigrating to North America in the search of a plot of land to call their own. This pattern of emigration grew steadily until the 1840s when the Great Potato Famine of the 1840s cause thousands of Irish to flee the death and disease that accompanied the disaster. Those that made it alive to the shores of the United States and British North America (later to become Canada) were, however, instrumental in the development of those two powerful nations. Many of these Irish immigrants proudly bore the name of Crossan:

Crossan Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Neal Crossan settled in Pennsylvania in 1772
  • Neal Crossan, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1772

Crossan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Patk Crossan, who landed in America in 1805
  • John Crossan, who arrived in New York, NY in 1812
  • Michael Crossan, who arrived in New York, NY in 1815
  • Bernard, Charles and Thomas Crossan arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1863

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Contemporary Notables of the name Crossan (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Crossan (post 1700)



  • John Dominic Crossan (b. 1934), Irish-born, American New Testament scholar
  • Dave Harry Crossan (b. 1940), American former NFL football offensive lineman for the Washington Redskins (1965-1968)
  • Edward "Eddie" Crossan (1925-2006), Northern Irish footballer who played from 1947 to 1958, member of the Northern Ireland National Team (1949-1955)
  • John Andrew "Jobby or Johnny" Crossan (b. 1938), Northern Irish author, radio sports analyst, entrepreneur, and former footballer, brother of Eddie Crossan
  • Jim Crossan (b. 1985), former Northern Irish footballer and manager, Derry City F. C. manager in 1985
  • Gary Crossan (b. 1971), Irish long-distance runner, Irish National Marathon Champion for four consecutive years
  • Matthew Crossan, Irish footballer
  • Kate Crossan, Irish singer and composer
  • Errol Gilmour Crossan (b. 1930), former Canadian soccer player who mostly played in England from 1949 to 1962 for a total of 226 matches

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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: Indignante invidia florebit justus
Motto Translation: The just man will flourish in spite of envy.


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ MacLysaght, Edward, More Irish Families. Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0)

Other References

  1. O'Hart, John. Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4).
  2. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  3. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  4. 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).
  5. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1992. Print.
  6. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  7. Donovan, George Francis. The Pre-Revolutionary Irish in Massachusetts 1620-1775. Menasha, WI: Geroge Banta Publsihing Co., 1932. Print.
  8. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of Ireland. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1969. Print.
  9. Heraldic Scroll and Map of Family names and Origins of Ireland. Dublin: Mullins. Print.
  10. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Crossan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Crossan 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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