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Where did the English Crowther family come from? What is the English Crowther family crest and coat of arms? When did the Crowther family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Crowther family history?

The name Crowther is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name was taken on by someone who worked as a person who played a crowd, a stringed instrument similar to a fiddle or six-string violin. This instrument was known as a crouth or croude in Old English, and is still known as a crwth in Wales and as a cruit in Ireland. People in the west of England still refer to a fiddle as a crowdy-kit. Professional musicians of this sort made their livings primarily by playing at medieval fairs and wedding feasts.


Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Crowther include Crowder, Crowther, Crouder, Crowdder, Crodare, Crowdair, Crowdere, Crowthers, Crouder, Croader, Croather, Crother, Crawther, Craudder, Crauther, Crauder, Craudair, Crothair, Crowthair, Crowthare, Croder, Crouter, Crowter and many more.

First found in Yorkshire where Katerina Crowder and Thomas Crouder were recorded as holding estates in the year 1379.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Crowther research. Another 207 words(15 lines of text) covering the years 1830, 1874, 1642 and 1646 are included under the topic Early Crowther History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Crowther Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Crowther family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 55 words(4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Crowther Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Crowther, who landed in New Hampshire in 1630
  • John Crowther who settled in New Hampshire in 1631

Crowther Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • David Crowther, aged 24, arrived in New York in 1812
  • William Crowther, who landed in New York in 1838
  • Richd Crowther, aged 24, arrived in New York in 1854
  • Mary Crowther, aged 59, landed in New York in 1862

Crowther Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Edwin Crowther, born in Carlisle, Cumberland, settled in St. John's, Newfoundland, in 1910
  • Edwin Crowther, born in Carlisle, England, settled in St. John's, Newfoundland, in 1910

Crowther Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Samuel Crowther landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1842 aboard the ship Birman
  • Samuel Crowther, aged 20, a mason, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Birman" in 1842
  • Eliza Crowther, aged 18, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Birman" in 1842
  • Isaiah Crowther landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1843
  • Dixon Crowther arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Edwin Fox" in 1875


  • Bosley Crowther (1905-1981), American journalist and film critic for The New York Times for 27 years
  • Geoffrey Crowther (1907-1972), Baron Crowther, English economist
  • Charles Crowther (1831-1894), English-born, Australian politician, member of the Western Australian Legislative Council (1873 to 1887)
  • Sir William Crowther (1843-1942), Australian, president of Medical Council of Tasmania
  • Leslie Crowther CBE (1933-1996), British television comedian
  • Edward Lodewyk Crowther (1843-1931), Australian politician, President of The Medical Council of Tasmania (1919-1931)
  • Bishop Samuel Ajayi Crowther (1809-1891), first African Anglican bishop in Nigeria
  • William Lodewyk Crowther FRCS (1817-1885), Australian politician, Premier of Tasmania (1878 to 1879)
  • Mr. John George Crowther (d. 1914), British Leading Fireman from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914


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The Crowther Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Crowther 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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