Show ContentsCroston History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxon name Croston comes from when the family resided in the settlement of Croston in the county of Lancashire. Thus, the surname Croston 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 Croston family

The surname Croston 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.

Early History of the Croston family

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Croston Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore,spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Croston has been recorded under many different variations, including Croston, Crostone, Crostin and others.

Early Notables of the Croston family (pre 1700)

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United States Croston migration to the United States +

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Croston or a variant listed above:

Croston Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Ellen Croston who arrived in America in 1705

Australia Croston migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Croston Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Croston, English convict who was convicted in Chester, Cheshire, England for 10 years, transported aboard the "Blundell" on 13th March 1844, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Croston (post 1700) +

  • David Charles Croston (b. 1963), American former NFL tackle who played for the Green Bay Packers (1987-1988)
  • A. James "Jim" Croston, English professional rugby league footballer who played from 1933 to 1946, representing Great Britain in 1937

  1. Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 25th October 2020). Retrieved from on Facebook