Crosslin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Crosslin is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from the family once having 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 Crosslin family

The surname Crosslin 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 Crosslin family

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

Crosslin 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 Crosslin family name include Crosland, Crosseland, Crossland, Crosseland, Crosland, Crosselonde, Crosslane and many more.

Early Notables of the Crosslin family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Crosslin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Crosslin family

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 Crosslin surname or a spelling variation of the name include: George Crossland who arrived in Virginia in 1638.


Contemporary Notables of the name Crosslin (post 1700) +

  • Tom Crosslin (1955-2001), American marijuana activist who was shot and killed on his "Rainbow Farm"
  • Julius Crosslin (b. 1983), former American football fullback for the Dallas Cowboys (2008-2009)
  • Dr. Evelyn Stocking Crosslin (1919-1991), born Evelyn Stocking, an American physician who was posthumously inducted into the Florida Women's Hall of Fame in 1995


The Crosslin 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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