The ancient Anglo-Saxon
surname Crowds came from the baptismal name Cudbert.
Baptismal names began to appear as surnames relatively late in the growth of the naming tradition. This is a little surprising, given the popularity of biblical figures in the Christian countries of Europe. Nevertheless, surnames derived from baptismal names grew in popularity during the Middle Ages, and have become one of the foremost sources for surnames.
Early Origins of the Crowds family
The surname Crowds was first found in Yorkshire
, where they held a family seat
from the Middle Ages.
Early History of the Crowds family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Crowds research.Another 125 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1379, 1545, 1546, 1589, 1592, 1676, 1699 and 1770 are included under the topic Early Crowds History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Crowds Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Crowds family name include Crewdson, Crowdson, Croudson, Cruden and others.
Early Notables of the Crowds family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Crowds family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Crowds surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Robert Crowdson who arrived in Virginia in 1699.