Show ContentsCrowee History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Crowee is of Anglo-Saxon origin. It was 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 Crowee 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 Crowee family

The surname Crowee 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 Crowee family

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Crowee Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Crowee have been found, including Crow, Crowe and others.

Early Notables of the Crowee 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 Crowee family to Ireland

Some of the Crowee family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Crowee family

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become powerful new nations. Among early immigrants of the Crowee surname to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were: William Crow who arrived in Plymouth Massachusetts soon after the Mayflower; Henry Crow settled in Virginia in 1636; Adam Crowe settled in Virginia in 1635.

  1. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  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) on Facebook