The name Crossbey was first used by the ancient Strathclyde-Briton people of the Scottish/English Borderlands. The first Crossbey family lived in Wigtown
. The place-name Crosby is derived from the Old Norse words kross
which mean cross
Early Origins of the Crossbey family
The surname Crossbey was first found in Wigtownshire
(Gaelic: Siorrachd Bhaile na h-Uige), formerly a county in southwestern Scotland
, now part of the Council Area of Dumfries and Galloway
, where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Crossbey family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Crossbey research.Another 377 words (27 lines of text) covering the years 1178, 1180, 1189, 1215, 1289, 1296, 1347, 1440, 1593, 1546 and 1797 are included under the topic Early Crossbey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Crossbey Spelling Variations
Surnames that evolved in Scotland
in the Middle Ages often appear under many spelling variations
. These are due to the practice of spelling according to sound in the era before dictionaries had standardized the English language. Crossbey has appeared as Crosby, Crosseby, Crosbie, Crossby, Corsby and many more.
Early Notables of the Crossbey family (pre 1700)
More information is included under the topic Early Crossbey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products
and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Crossbey family to Ireland
Some of the Crossbey family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 89 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Crossbey family to the New World and Oceana
The North American colonies beckoned, with their ample land and opportunity as their freedom from the persecution suffered by so many Clan
families back home. Many Scots even fought against England
in the American War of Independence
to gain this freedom. Recently, clan societies have allowed the ancestors of these brave Scottish settlers to rediscover their familial roots. Among them: Anthony Crosby settled in Rowley in 1643.
The Crossbey 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 Translation: I shall rise again