Show ContentsCrossby History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Crossby was first used as a surname in the Scottish/English Borderlands by the Strathclyde-Briton. The first Crossby family lived in Wigtown and Dumfriesshire. The place-name Crosby is derived from the Old Norse words kross and byr, which mean cross and farm. [1]

Early Origins of the Crossby family

The surname Crossby 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.

Some of the family originated further south in northern England, specifically in the North Riding of Yorkshire, Lancashire and Cumberland. We found one reference in the Lincolnshire in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273: Geoffrey de Crosseby.

The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 included Thomas de Crosby; Robertus de Crosseby; and Walterus de Crosseby. [2]

Early History of the Crossby family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Crossby research. Another 189 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1178, 1180, 1189, 1215, 1289, 1296, 1347, 1440, 1593, 1546, 1475, 1376, 1471 and 1797 are included under the topic Early Crossby History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Crossby Spelling Variations

Medieval Scottish names are rife with spelling variations. This is due to the fact that scribes in that era spelled according to the sound of words, rather than any set of rules. Crossby has been spelled Crosby, Crosseby, Crosbie, Crossby, Corsby and many more.

Early Notables of the Crossby family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family at this time was Sir John Crosby (d. 1475), of Crosby Place, Alderman of London, probably grandson of Sir John Crosby, doubtfully described as alderman of London, who died before 1376, leaving a son John in his minority. Both...
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Ireland Migration of the Crossby family to Ireland

Some of the Crossby family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Crossby migration to the United States +

Many Scots were left with few options other than to leave their homeland for the colonies across the Atlantic. Some of these families fought to defend their newfound freedom in the American War of Independence. Others went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these families have recently been able to rediscover their roots through Clan societies and other Scottish organizations. Among them:

Crossby Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Richards Crossby, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1682 [3]
Crossby Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Crossby, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746 [3]

Canada Crossby migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Crossby Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Josiah Crossby, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749-1752
Crossby Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • W F Crossby, who landed in Victoria, British Columbia in 1862

Contemporary Notables of the name Crossby (post 1700) +

  • N. Robin Crossby (1954-2008), English-born, Canadian creator of the Hârn fantasy setting and the HârnMaster role-playing game system

The Crossby 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: Resurgam
Motto Translation: I shall rise again

  1. Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. 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) on Facebook