The ancestry of the name Crotchman dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived near a crossroads. During the Middle Ages, such intersections were important as market places and centers of trade. The surname Crotchman is derived from the Old English word cruc,
which means cross.
The name belongs to the class of topographic
surnames, which were given to people who resided near physical features such as hills, streams, churches, or types of trees.
Early Origins of the Crotchman family
The surname Crotchman was first found in Essex
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Crotchman family
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Crotchman Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Crotchman have been found, including Crotchman, Crouchman, Crucheman, Crocheman and many more.
Early Notables of the Crotchman family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Crotchman family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England
. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England
, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Crotchman, or a variant listed above: Nicolas Crochet, who settled in Louisiana in 1719; Yves Crochet, who settled in New Orleans in 1785; Pelagie Benoit Crochet, who arrived in New Orleans in 1785.