Show ContentsCrouse History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Crouse is rooted in the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It was a name for someone who was a brave or fierce person. The surname Crouse is derived from the Old English words crus or cruse.

Early Origins of the Crouse family

The surname Crouse was first found in Bedfordshire (Old English: Bedanfordscir), located in Southeast-central England, formerly part of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Mercia, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Crouse family

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Crouse Spelling Variations

Crouse has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Crouse have been found, including Cruise, Cruice, Crouse, Cruse, Cruize, Crouce and others.

Early Notables of the Crouse family (pre 1700)

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Crouse Ranking

In the United States, the name Crouse is the 2,554th most popular surname with an estimated 12,435 people with that name. [1]

Ireland Migration of the Crouse family to Ireland

Some of the Crouse family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 35 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Crouse migration to the United States +

In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Crouses to arrive on North American shores:

Crouse Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Johannas Crouse, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1727 aboard the ship "Molley John Hodgeson" [2]
  • Jacob Crouse, who landed in New England in 1775 [2]
Crouse Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Henry Crouse, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1828 [2]
  • Michael Crouse, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1833 [2]
  • George Crouse, who arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1845 [2]

Canada Crouse migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Crouse Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. John Crouse U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1783 [3]
Crouse Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • John Becker Crouse, who arrived in Canada in 1834
  • Henry Crouse, who arrived in Canada in 1841

Contemporary Notables of the name Crouse (post 1700) +

  • Ray Crouse (b. 1959), American former NFL and CFL running back
  • Clyde "Bucky" Ellsworth Crouse (1897-1983), American Major League Baseball catcher
  • David Crouse (b. 1971), American short story writer and teacher from Boston, Massachusetts
  • Wayne Crouse (1924-2000), American viola professor emeritus at the University of Oklahoma
  • Timothy Crouse (b. 1947), American journalist and writer
  • Russel Crouse (1893-1966), American playwright and librettist awarded a 1946 Pulitzer Prize for Drama
  • Lindsay Ann Crouse (b. 1948), American actress, daughter of Russel Crouse
  • Michael R. Crouse (b. 1990), Canadian professional baseball outfielder from Port Moody, British Columbia
  • Lloyd Roseville Crouse PC ONS (1918-2007), Canadian businessman and politician, the 28th Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia

Suggested Readings for the name Crouse +

  • A Krouse (also Crouse) Family in America by Thomas E. Krouse.

  1. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  2. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X on Facebook