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Crossley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



Crossley is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from the family once having lived at a region known as the cross or for the dweller at the cross.


Early Origins of the Crossley family


The surname Crossley was first found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat from very early times.

Early History of the Crossley family


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Another 144 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1200 and 1365 are included under the topic Early Crossley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Crossley Spelling Variations


Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Crossley family name include Crossley, Crossleigh, Crosslie, Crossly, Croseleigh, Croseley, Crosslay, Crosslow, Crosselie, Crosseley and many more.

Early Notables of the Crossley family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Crossley family to the New World and Oceana


For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Crossley surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Crossley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Mary Crossley, who arrived in Maryland in 1673 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)

Crossley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Ann, Martha, Mary, Susannah, Crossley who, who settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1765

Crossley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • David Crossley, aged 26, who arrived in America in 1822 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • William Crossley, who settled in New York in 1823
  • Joseph Crossley, aged 34, who landed in Kennebunk, Me in 1830 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • William Crossley, who landed in New York in 1843 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Enoch, Frank, George, Henry, John, Robert, Stansfield, Thomas, Walter, and William Crossley, all, who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1847 and 1872
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Crossley Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Samuel Crossley, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Phoenix" in 1860
  • F. Crossley, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "City of Auckland" in 1871
  • William Crossley, aged 19, a labourer, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of Nations" in 1874
  • Elizabeth Crossley, aged 26, a cook, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of Nations" in 1874
  • John Crossley, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Wairoa" in 1881
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Crossley (post 1700)


  • Wallace Crossley (1874-1943), American politician, 29th Lieutenant Governor of Missouri and publisher of The Daily Star-Journal
  • Shanna Annette Crossley (b. 1983), American professional basketball player
  • Kelsey-Beth Crossley (b. 1992), English actress, best known for her role as Scarlett Nicholls, on the ITV soap opera Emmerdale
  • James Crossley (b. 1973), English bodybuilder and actor, best known for his role as Hunter in the television series Gladiators from 1993-2000
  • Geoffrey Crossley (1921-2002), English racing driver
  • Francis Crossley (1839-1897), who with his brother William J. (1844-1911) founded Crossley Motors and Crossley, an English pioneer in the production of internal combustion engines and since 1988, part of the Rolls-Royce Power Engineering group
  • Herbert Crossley (1901-1921), English heavyweight boxer
  • Edward Crossley (1841-1905), English businessman, Liberal Party politician and astronomer, eponym of the Crossley telescope, California
  • Syd Crossley (1885-1960), English film actor who appeared in 114 films
  • Steve Crossley (b. 1990), English rugby league player
  • ... (Another 12 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Crossley family



RMS Lusitania

  • Mrs. Sylvia Ellen Crossley, Canadian 2nd Class passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 7) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  • Mr. Cyrus Crossley, Canadian 2nd Class passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 7) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/

The Crossley 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: Credo et amo
Motto Translation: I believe and love.


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Citations


  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)
  2. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 7) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/


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