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The history of the Croucher family goes back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It is derived from the family living near a crossroads. The name is derived from the Old English word crouch, and/or cruc.

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The surname Croucher was first found in Somerset where they held a family seat from very ancient times.

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 Croucher include Crouch, Crooch, Croucher, Croutch, Crowch, Crowcher, Crouche and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Croucher research. Another 227 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1607, 1679, 1660 and 1679 are included under the topic Early Croucher History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Croucher Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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 Croucher or a variant listed above:

Croucher Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William Croucher settled in Virginia in 1670

Croucher Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Annie Marina Croucher, aged 26, who emigrated to the United States from Hampshire, in 1905
  • Arthur Edgas Ross Croucher, aged 39, who settled in America from Sitting Courne, England, in 1907
  • Cissie May Croucher, aged 6, who emigrated to the United States from Sitting Courne, England, in 1907
  • Emma Eliza Croucher, aged 37, who landed in America from Sitting Courne, England, in 1907
  • Kate Hannah Croucher, aged 45, who settled in America from Beckenham, England, in 1908
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Croucher Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Ernest Croucher, aged 27, who arrived at Vancouver, B. c., in 1910
  • Charles Croucher, aged 69, who emigrated to Yale, British Columbia, in 1913
  • Caroline Croucher, aged 21, who emigrated to Placentia, Newfoundland, in 1924
  • John C. Croucher, aged 18, who settled in Placentia, Newfoundland, in 1924

Croucher Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Croucher arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Katherine Stewart Forbes" in 1837
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  • Frank Donald "Dingle" Croucher (1914-1980), American Major League Baseball shortstop
  • Chris Croucher (b. 1981), English screenwriter and film director
  • Brian Croucher (b. 1942), English actor and director, best known for his role as Ted Hills in the soap opera EastEnders
  • Terence Croucher (b. 1944), British composer and performer
  • Rowland Croucher (b. 1937), Australian pastor, counsellor and author
  • Lance Corporal Matthew Croucher GC (b. 1983), British member of the Royal Marines Reserve, recipient of the George Cross
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Croucher Historic Events



Halifax Explosion

  • Master Freddie  Croucher (1913-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mrs. Annie  Croucher (1894-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Miss Elizabeth  Croucher (1916-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Miss Elizabeth  Croucher (1916-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

HMS Hood

  • Mr. Lambert E Croucher (b. 1922), English Able Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Lambeth, London, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
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Citations



    Other References

    1. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    2. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    3. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    4. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    5. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    6. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    7. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    8. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    9. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    10. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
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