Crowe History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Crowe is rooted in the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It was a name for someone who was 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 Crowe is derived from the Old English word crowe, which in turn came from the Old English words crawe or crawa, which mean crow.

Early Origins of the Crowe family

The surname Crowe was first found in Norfolk and Suffolk where in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 we found: Ralph Crawe, Norfolk; Geoffrey Crowe, Norfolk; John Crawe, Suffolk; Walrann Crowe, Suffolk; and William Croe, Suffolk. [1]

In Somerset, Hugh Crowe was listed 1 Edward III (during the first year of the reign of King Edward III.) [2]

Again in Norfolk, William Crawe, vicar of Wigenhale, St. Peter's in 1431 and the same source notes Philip Crowe, Norfolk, 1307; and Richard Crowe was buried there in 1717. [3]

Further to the north in Scotland, John Crow and Thomas Crow, were of the diocese of Dunblane, on record, 1470 and Magnus Crow, was a follower of Walter Ross of Morange, 1596 may have derived his name from Croy, Inverness-shire. [4]

Early History of the Crowe family

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Crowe Spelling Variations

Crowe 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 Crowe have been found, including Crow, Crowe and others.

Early Notables of the Crowe family (pre 1700)

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 English nobleman and politician, Treasurer of the Navy (1627-1630), and British ambassador to the Ottoman Empire (c. 1641-1646); and Mitford Crowe or Crow (1669-1719), an English merchant, politician, diplomat and colonial administrator. Francis Crow (d. 1692), was a Scottish nonconformist divine who came of a family seated at Hughhead in Scotland...
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Ireland Migration of the Crowe family to Ireland

Some of the Crowe family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Crowe 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 Crowes to arrive on North American shores:

Crowe Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Crowe, who settled in Charlestown Massachusetts in 1630
  • Adam Crowe, aged 19, who arrived in Virginia in 1635 [5]
  • Adam Crowe, who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Roger Crowe, who landed in Virginia in 1638 [5]
  • Ann Crowe, who landed in Maryland in 1666 [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Crowe Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Andrew Crowe, who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1832
  • J F Crowe, who arrived in Rio Grande Brazil in 1850 [5]
  • David Crowe, aged 22, who arrived in Alabama in 1858 [5]
  • Patrick Crowe, aged 23, who landed in New York in 1864 [5]
  • Patrick W Crowe, who landed in St Clair County, Illinois in 1870 [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Crowe migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Crowe Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Ms. Mary Crowe, aged 21 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Avon" departing from the port of Cork, Ireland but died on Grosse Isle in July 1847 [6]
  • Mrs. ? Crowe, aged 28 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Saguenay" departing 5th June 1847 from Cork, Ireland; the ship arrived on 22nd August 1847 but she died on board [7]
Crowe Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Mrs. Crowe, who landed in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907
  • G W Crowe, who landed in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907

Australia Crowe migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Crowe Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Crowe, English convict from London, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 29, 1828, settling in New South Wales, Australia [8]
  • Elizabeth Crowe, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on December 14, 1835, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [9]
  • William Crowe, aged 29, a labourer, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Catherine" in 1851 [10]
  • Bridget Crowe, aged 28, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Catherine" in 1851 [10]
  • John Crowe, aged 5, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Catherine" in 1851 [10]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Crowe migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Crowe Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Edward Crowe, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • Mr. Patrick Crowe, Irish settler from Drumgriffin travelling from Leith aboard the ship 'Melbourne' arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 18th March 1861 [11]
  • Miss Helen Crowe, Irish settler from Drumgriffin travelling from Leith aboard the ship 'Melbourne' arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 18th March 1861 [11]
  • Mr. John Crowe, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Mersey" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 11th June 1861 [11]
  • Thomas Crowe, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Surat" in 1864
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Crowe (post 1700) +

  • Trevor Thornton Crowe (b. 1983), American Major League Baseball outfielder
  • Steve Crowe (b. 1947), American former Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Finance for Chevron Corporation
  • Henry Pierson Crowe (1899-1991), American legendary Marine, recipient of the Navy Cross, Silver Star Medal, Distinguished Service Cross (United Kingdom), Legion of Merit (Combat V), Bronze Star Medal (3 gold stars) and Purple Heart Medal (gold star)
  • Francis Trenholm Crowe (1882-1882), American chief engineer of the Hoover Dam
  • Clem F. Crowe (1903-1983), American NFL and CFL football coach
  • Allen Crowe (1928-1963), American racecar driver from York, Illinois
  • Admiral William James Crowe Jr. (1925-2007), American Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (1985-1989) and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Cameron Crowe (b. 1957), American screenwriter and film director
  • James Dee Crowe (b. 1937), American banjo player and bluegrass band leader
  • Eyre Evans Crowe (1799-1868), English journalist and historian, born at Redbridge, Southampton, 20 March 1799, the son of David Crowe, captain in an East India regiment [12]
  • ... (Another 16 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Dorsetshire
  • Thomas Budge Crowe, British Boy Bugler aboard the HMS Dorsetshire when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he survived the sinking [13]
RMS Titanic
  • Mr. George Frederick Crowe, aged 30, English Saloon Steward from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking by escaping in life boat 14 [14]
USS Arizona
  • Mr. Cecil Thomas Crowe, American Gunner's Mate Second Class from Kentucky, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [15]


Suggested Readings for the name Crowe +

  • 1067 "Crowe Family History 1700 to 1972" by Marjorie Seward Cleveland, "People of Purpose" by Garland Crowe DuPree, "Some of the Descendants of Revolutionary Veteran, John Crow, 1740-1830 (including the Crowe Family)" by Howard Crosby Smiley.

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  2. ^ Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
  3. ^ Rye, Walter, A History of Norfolk. London: Elliot Stock, 62, Paternoster Row, 1885. Print
  4. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  5. ^ 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)
  6. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 22)
  7. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 71)
  8. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 24) Albion voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1828 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1828
  9. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1835 with 132 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1835
  10. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CATHERINE 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Catherine.htm
  11. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  12. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 30 June 2020
  13. ^ Force Z Survivors HMS Dorsetshire Crew List, (Retrieved 2018, February 13th), https://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listdorsetshirecrew.html
  14. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html
  15. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html


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