Crossby 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.

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, 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.

Important Dates for 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 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)

More information is included under the topic Early Crossby Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Crossby family to Ireland

Some of the Crossby family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 50 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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 [1]
Crossby Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Crossby, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746 [1]

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

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  1. ^ 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)
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