Crosston History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Crosston is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when the family lived in the settlement of Croston in the county of Lancashire. Thus, the surname Crosston belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

Early Origins of the Crosston family

The surname Crosston was first found in Lancashire at Croston, a village and civil parish between Chorley and Southport and is next to the River Yarrow. The place name literally means "cross-town," having derived from the Old English words "cross" + "tun." [1] Croston Hall is a country mansion house, built in a gothic style architecture in the village built in the 1600s. The original hall was taken down and a new hall was erected in the 19th century.

Important Dates for the Crosston family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Crosston research. Another 39 words (3 lines of text) covering the years 1190, 1296, 1603 and 1663 are included under the topic Early Crosston History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Crosston Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Crosston are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Crosston include: Croston, Crostone, Crostin and others.

Early Notables of the Crosston family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Crosston family

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Crosston or a variant listed above: Ellen Croston who arrived in America in 1705.

Citations

  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
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