Crosseland History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxon name Crosseland comes from the family having resided in the village of South Crosland, in the county of Yorkshire. [1] [2]

North and South Crossland are in the parish of Almondbury, union of Huddersfield, Upper division of the wapentake of Agbrigg, in the West Riding of Yorkshire. "The scenery in this neighbourhood is beautifully varied, consisting to a great extent of hill and dale, and the soil is rich and fertile. The chapelry of South Crossland comprises by measurement 1840 acres. The manufacture of woollen-cloth is carried on to a considerable extent." [3]

Early Origins of the Crosseland family

The surname Crosseland was first found in Yorkshire, where the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 list "Ricardus de Crosseland, living in North Crosseland and Thomas de Cosseland (for Crossland), living in Crosselandlosse." [4]

Early History of the Crosseland family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Crosseland research. Another 98 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1308, 1536, 1538, 1642, 1889 and 1720 are included under the topic Early Crosseland History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Crosseland Spelling Variations

Crosseland has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Spelling variants included: Crosland, Crosseland, Crossland, Crosseland, Crosland, Crosselonde, Crosslane and many more.

Early Notables of the Crosseland family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Crosseland family

In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Crosselands to arrive on North American shores: George Crossland who arrived in Virginia in 1638.



The Crosseland 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: Ultra pergere
Motto Translation: To advance farther.


  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  3. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  4. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)


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