Crossin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The original Gaelic form of the Irish name Crossin was written as Mac an Chrosain, which is derived from the word cros, which means cross.

Early Origins of the Crossin family

The surname Crossin was first found in Leinster, where they held a family seat at Ballymacrossan on the border of Leix and Offaly. There they were an off-shoot of the notable Clan O'Moore which was the leading sept of the 'Seven Clans of Leix'. In Gaelic the surname is "Mac an Chrosain," but more frequently seen in the English form "Crosby" or "Crosbie" which was listed as early as the early 1600s. [1]

Early History of the Crossin family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Crossin research. Another 257 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1600, 1621, 1638, 1658, 1658, 1639, 1619, 1638, 1695, 1689 and 1762 are included under the topic Early Crossin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Crossin Spelling Variations

The recording of names in Ireland in the Middle Ages was an inconsistent endeavor at best. The many regional dialects and the predominate illiteracy would have made common surnames appear unrelated to the scribes of the period. Research into the name Crossin revealed spelling variations, including Crossan, Crossen, McCrossan, McCrossen, MacCrossan, MacCrossin, MacCrossen, Crossin, MacCrosson, McCrosson, Crosson, McCrosin, McCrosen and many more.

Early Notables of the Crossin family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family name at this time was Patrick McCrossan, Chief of his Clann; John Crosbie, alias Sean Mac an Chrosáin (died 1621), a bishop of the Church of Ireland; and his sons: Sir Walter Crosbie, 1st Baronet, died 4 Aug 1638; David Crosbie (died 1658), died 1658; Sir John Crosbie...
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United States Crossin migration to the United States +

Irish families began to immigrate to British North America and the United States in the 18th century, but the greatest influx of Irish immigrants came during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. The earlier settlers came to North America after a great deal of consideration and by paying relatively high fees for their passage. These settlers were primarily drawn by the promise of land. Those later settlers that came during the 1840's were trying to escape the conditions of poverty, starvation, disease, and death that had stricken Ireland. Due to the enormity of their numbers and the late date of their arrival, these immigrants primarily became hired laborers instead of homesteading settlers like their predecessors. An exhaustive search of immigration and passenger lists has revealed many Irish immigrants North America bearing the name Crossin:

Crossin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James Crossin, who landed in America in 1809 [2]
  • John Crossin, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1852 [2]
  • Charles Crossin, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1864 [2]
  • Mary A. Crossin, aged 20, who settled in America, in 1892
  • James Crossin, aged 25, who immigrated to the United States from Ireland, in 1893
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Crossin Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • James Crossin, aged 34, who landed in America from Dublin, in 1902
  • Annie Crossin, aged 21, who landed in America from Donegal, in 1903
  • Nicholas Crossin, aged 9, who immigrated to the United States, in 1904
  • Annie Crossin, aged 51, who immigrated to America from Derora, Ireland, in 1921
  • Catherine Isabella Crossin, aged 22, who landed in America from Belfast, Ireland, in 1922

Contemporary Notables of the name Crossin (post 1700) +

  • Francis Patrick "Chink" Crossin Jr. (1924-1981), American professional basketball player who played from 1947 to 1952, son of Frank Crossin
  • Francis Patrick "Frank" Crossin Sr. (1891-1965), American Major League Baseball player who played for the St. Louis Browns from 1912 to 1914
  • Carl Crossin OAM (b. 1953), Australian choral conductor, educator and composer
  • Patricia Margaret "Trish" Crossin (b. 1956), Australian politician, Member of the Australian Senate for the Northern Territory (1998-2013)
  • John Crossin (b. 1952), Australian rules football player

The Crossin 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: Indignante invidia florebit justus
Motto Translation: The just man will flourish in spite of envy.

  1. ^ MacLysaght, Edward, More Irish Families. Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0)
  2. ^ 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