The ancestors of the bearers of the Crosten family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England
. They were first found in the settlement of Croston in the county of Lancashire
. Thus, the surname Crosten 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 Crosten family
The surname Crosten 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." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
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.
Early History of the Crosten family
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Crosten 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 Crosten include Croston, Crostone, Crostin and others.
Early Notables of the Crosten family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Crosten family to the New World and Oceana
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 Crosten or a variant listed above: Ellen Croston who arrived in America in 1705.