Crowden History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The Crowden surname means "a professional player, or entertainer of a crowd," a crowd being the name of a six string violin popular in the British Isles for many centuries. The instrument is still called a 'crwth' in Wales today, and in Ireland a "cruit." In the west of England a fiddle is still called a 'crowdy-kit'. "It appears to have been a favourite instrument in Britain so early as the VI century." 
Early Origins of the Crowden family
The surname Crowden was first found in Yorkshire, where the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 list Katerina Crowder and Thomas Crouder. These are the strongest listings of the name but there are others. The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list Richard le Cruder in Kent and later William le Crouther was listed in Cheshire. 
Early History of the Crowden family
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Crowden Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Crowder, Crouder, Croder and others.
Early Notables of the Crowden family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Crowden family to Ireland
Some of the Crowden family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Crowden family
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: John Crowther who settled in New Hampshire in 1631; Elizabeth James and Mary Crowthers settled in Richmond, Virginia in 1820; Thomas Crowder settled in Barbados in 1634 and later transferred to the mainland.
Contemporary Notables of the name Crowden (post 1700) +
- James Gee Pascoe Crowden CVO (1927-2016), English Olympic rower, Lord Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire
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The Crowden Motto +
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: En Dieu est ma fiance
Motto Translation: In God is my trust.
- ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
- ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)