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The name Crosse is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family lived as dwellers at a cross or crucifix. The surname Crosse originally derived from the Old English word crosse, which means cross.

Crosse Early Origins



The surname Crosse 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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Crosse Spelling Variations


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Crosse Spelling Variations



The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Crosse has been spelled many different ways, including Cross, Crosse, Croce, Crosce, Croise, Croice and others.

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Crosse Early History


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Crosse Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Crosse 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 Crosse History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Crosse Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Crosse Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Crosse In Ireland


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Crosse In Ireland



Some of the Crosse 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



Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Crosses to arrive in North America:

Crosse Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Henry Crosse, aged 20, landed in America in 1635
  • Katherine Crosse, who landed in Virginia in 1642
  • Joane Crosse, who landed in Virginia in 1649
  • Eliza Crosse, who arrived in Virginia in 1650
  • Jane Crosse, who landed in Virginia in 1653
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Crosse (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Crosse (post 1700)



  • Rupert Crosse (1927-1973), American television and film actor, the first African American to be nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award
  • Clay Crosse (b. 1967), born Walter Clayton Crossnoe, American Dove award winning Contemporary Christian music artist
  • The Venerable Edmond Francis Crosse (1858-1941), English theologian, the first Archdeacon of Chesterfield
  • John Green Crosse FRCS, FRS (1790-1850), English surgeon
  • Gordon Crosse (b. 1937), English composer
  • Richard Crosse (1742-1810), English painter of portrait miniatures
  • Andrew Crosse (1784-1855), British amateur scientist, early pioneer and experimenter in the use of electricity

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Motto


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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


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    2. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    3. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    4. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    5. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    6. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    7. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    8. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    9. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    10. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    11. ...

    The Crosse Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Crosse 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 17 March 2016 at 10:21.

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