Show ContentsCrossland History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The origins of the Crossland name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It comes from when the family lived 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 Crossland family

The surname Crossland 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 Crossland family

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Crossland Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Crossland were recorded, including Crosland, Crosseland, Crossland, Crosseland, Crosland, Crosselonde, Crosslane and many more.

Early Notables of the Crossland family

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Crossland Ranking

In the United States, the name Crossland is the 7,491st most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. 5

United States Crossland migration to the United States +

To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Crossland family emigrate to North America:

Crossland Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • George Crossland who arrived in Virginia in 1638
  • Geo Crossland, who arrived in Virginia in 1638 6

Australia Crossland migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Crossland Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Crossland, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Andromeda" on October 16, 1826, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia 7
  • Mr. William Crossland who was convicted in Derbyshire, England for life, transported aboard the "Bussorah Merchant" on 24th March 1828, arriving in New South Wales, Australia 8
  • Mr. William Crossland, (b. 1812), aged 19, English convict who was convicted in West Riding, Yorkshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Exmouth" on 3rd March 1831, arriving in New South Wales, Australia 9
  • Mr. John Crossland, British convict who was convicted in Wakefield, Yorkshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Cornwall" on 28th February 1851, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) 10

New Zealand Crossland migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Crossland Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. James Crossland, Cornish settler travelling from Launceston aboard the ship "Spray" arriving in New Zealand in 1851 11

Contemporary Notables of the name Crossland (post 1700) +

  • Jalan Crossland, American bluegrass and alternative country singer-songwriter and musician from Ten Sleep, Wyoming
  • Edward Crossland (1827-1881), American Confederate army officer in the American Civil War
  • Peter Crossland, American former member of the Ohio House of Representatives
  • Charles Crossland (1844-1916), English mycologist, known for his contributions to taxonomic mycology
  • Jill Crossland, English pianist from Yorkshire who specializes in Bach; her Goldberg Variations are heard in The English Patient
  • William Henry Crossland (1835-1908), English 19th-century architect and pupil of George Gilbert Scott
  • Samuel Moorhouse Crossland (1851-1906), English first-class cricketer
  • Sir Leonard Crossland (1914-1999), English automobile executive, Managing Director at Ford of Britain
  • John "Jack" Crossland (1852-1903), English professional cricketer
  • Andrew Crossland (1816-1902), English cricketer
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

The Crossland 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.

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  3. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
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