Crosslyn History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the bearers of the Crosslyn family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England. They were first found 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 Crosslyn family

The surname Crosslyn 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 Crosslyn family

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

Crosslyn Spelling Variations

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Crosslyn include Crosland, Crosseland, Crossland, Crosseland, Crosland, Crosselonde, Crosslane and many more.

Early Notables of the Crosslyn family (pre 1700)

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

Migration of the Crosslyn family

Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Crosslyn or a variant listed above: George Crossland who arrived in Virginia in 1638.



The Crosslyn 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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