Croysdale History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Croysdale is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from the family once having lived in Crossdale, in the county of Yorkshire.

Early Origins of the Croysdale family

The surname Croysdale was first found in Yorkshire, where the earliest record of the name occurs was of Johannes de Crosdale in 1379 who was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls in 1379. [1] Some of the family held estates at Waddington in the West Riding of Yorkshire since early times. "This place afforded an asylum to the unfortunate monarch Henry VI., who, after the battle of Hexham, was entertained at Waddington Hall, the property of the Croasdale family, and protected by concealment from the pursuit of his enemies for nearly twelve months." [2] There is no doubt that the name is from the Yorkshire/ Lancashire borders but the local seems to have been lost over the years.

Early History of the Croysdale family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Croysdale research. Another 53 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1379, 1688, 1737 and 1762 are included under the topic Early Croysdale History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Croysdale 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 Croysdale family name include Crossdale, Crosedill, Crosdale, Croasdale, Crossdell, Crosdell, Croasdell and many more.

Early Notables of the Croysdale family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Croysdale family

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, 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 Croysdale surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Thomas Crossdale who arrived in Philadelphia in 1866.



  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. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.


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