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The name Crow comes from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It was a name for a person who bore some fancied resemblance to a crow. This may have been based on appearance, but nicknames often described more intangible strong traits or features of animals. In the Middle Ages, anthropomorphic ideas were common; people attributed human qualities and form to animals, based on the creature's habits. The surname Crow is derived from the Old English word crowe, which in turn came from the Old English words crawe or crawa, which mean crow.

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The surname Crow was first found in Norfolk and Suffolk in eastern England where they held a family seat from very ancient times before 1100 A.D.

Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Crow has undergone many spelling variations, including Crow, Crowe and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Crow research. Another 121 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1781, 1616, 1675, 1611, 1683, 1627, 1630, 1641, 1646, 1669, 1719 and are included under the topic Early Crow History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Notables of this surname at this time include Sir John Crowe of Dromore; William Crowe (1616-1675) was an English clergyman and bibliographer from Suffolk; Sir Sackville Crowe, 1st Baronet, ( c. 1611-1683) was an...

Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Crow Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the Crow family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 145 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Crow were among those contributors:

Crow Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Henry Crow settled in Virginia in 1636
  • Henry Crow, who arrived in Virginia in 1636
  • Mary Crow, who arrived in Virginia in 1657
  • William Crow, who arrived in Virginia in 1662
  • John Crow, who arrived in Virginia in 1662
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Crow Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Carl Crow, aged 44, landed in Pennsylvania in 1740
  • Leonard Crow, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1743
  • Charles Crow settled in Charles Town South Carolina in 1765
  • James Crow, who landed in Mississippi in 1798

Crow Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Francis Crow, aged 22, landed in New York, NY in 1804
  • Jane Crow, who landed in New York, NY in 1811
  • Margaret Crow, who landed in New York, NY in 1811
  • Jane Crow settled in New York in 1811
  • William Crow who arrived in Plymouth Massachusetts soon after the Mayflower
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Crow Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Jonathan Crow, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1778

Crow Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • John Crow, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1812
  • And Crow, who settled in New Brunswick in 1847
  • Alison Crow, who settled in Ontario in 1871

Crow Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Crow arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Recovery" in 1839
  • Martha Crow arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hooghly" in 1846
  • Stephen Crow, aged 35, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Sultana"
  • Moses Crow, aged 21, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Lord of the Isles"

Crow Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Peter Crow landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1842
  • Thomas Crow, aged 34, a farm labourer, arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ambrosine" in 1860
  • Eliza Crow, aged 30, arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ambrosine" in 1860
  • Frederick Crow, aged 9, arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ambrosine" in 1860
  • Rhoda Crow, aged 8, arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ambrosine" in 1860
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  • Herschal Hillear Crow Jr. (1935-2015), American politician, Member of the Oklahoma Senate (1969-1982) and Secretary of Transportation (2001-2003)
  • John David Crow (1935-2015), American Heisman Trophy-winning football player for Chicago/St. Louis Cardinals and coach of Northeast Louisiana, inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a player in 1976
  • Joe Medicine Crow -High Bird (b. 1913), American historian and author, best known for his writings and lectures concerning the Battle of the Little Bighorn, recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Sheryl Crow (b. 1962), American singer-songwriter, record producer, musician, and actress
  • William Spotted Crow, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from South Dakota, 1948
  • Dan Crow, Emmy award-winning performer of children's songs
  • James C. "Jim" Crow (1789-1846), originally of Inverness, a chemist by profession, who settled in Kentucky with some of the basic distilling secrets he had learned in Scotland and produced some of the finest American bourbon
  • Ashley Crow (b. 1960), American actress
  • Trammell Crow (1915-2009), American real estate developer
  • Danny Crow (b. 1986), English professional footballer
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Crow Historic Events



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  • Mr. George L Crow (b. 1914), English Leading Stoker serving for the Royal Navy from Fullwell, County Durham, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
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  • Crowe (also Crow) Family History 1700 to 1972 by Marjorie Seward Cleveland.
  • The Fireside Stories of the Jacob Crow Family by James Homer Crow.
  • Some of the Descendants of Revolutionary Veteran, John Crow, 1740-1830 by Howard Crosby Smiley.
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Citations



    Other References

    1. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    2. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    3. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    4. 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).
    5. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    6. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    7. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    8. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    9. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    10. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
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    The Crow Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Crow Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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