Show ContentsCrozier History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

This name is "derived from an official title. 'the crosier,' one who carried the bishop's cross or pastoral staff." [1] It is derived from the "Old French, crosier, crocier, crosser ‘crosier’, the bearer of a bishop’s crook or pastoral staff, or of the cross at a monastery. The name might also denote a seller of crosses or a dweller by a cross. Croyser is the common early form." [2]

Early Origins of the Crozier family

The surname Crozier was first found in Liddesdale, where they belonged to an old Border Clan seated at Liddisdale, Roxburghshire. [3]

"Persons of this name were early settlers in Liddesdale, and c. 1376 we find "locus Croyser" in the rent-roll of the lordship. William Crosier, professor of philosophy in the newly founded University of St. Andrews, 1410. William Croyser, a Scotsman at present in Bruges, in Flanders, to have a safe conduct in England in 1429, is perhaps Master William Croyser, archdeacon of Teviotdale, who had a safe conduct to travel in England in 1433." [4]

While the name is most famous in Scotland, in England the first record of the family was William le Croyser who was listed at Eynsham, Oxfordshire in 1264. William le Crocer was found in Suffolk in 1305 and Thomasa Croser was listed in the Feet of Fines for Essex in 1393. [2]

Near the border of Scotland and England, Yorkshire listed Cristiana Croiser; and Johannes Croser in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379. [1]

In Norfolk, John Crosier, was listed there, 6 Henry V and William Crosier, was listed 46 Edward III. [5] In both these cases, the year of the king's reign denoted the year of the entry. For example, 6 Henry V, denoted during the sixth year of King Henry V's reign.

Early History of the Crozier family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Crozier research. Another 278 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1587, 1436, 1475, 1418, 1424, 1526, 1569, 1537, 1564, 1587, 1855, 1864, 1870 and are included under the topic Early Crozier History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Crozier Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Crozier, Crosier, Croyser, Crosar, Crozer and others.

Early Notables of the Crozier family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family at this time was William Crozier, the English oboe player, whose tone and exquisite taste will not soon be forgotten by those who heard him in the Crystal Palace...
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Crozier Ranking

In the United States, the name Crozier is the 6,769th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [6] However, in France, the name Crozier is ranked the 7,033rd most popular surname with an estimated 1,000 - 1,500 people with that name. [7]

Ireland Migration of the Crozier family to Ireland

Some of the Crozier family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Crozier migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Crozier Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • William Crozier, who landed in Virginia in 1636 [8]
Crozier Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Win Crozier, aged 26, who landed in New York, NY in 1803 [8]
  • William Crozier, who arrived in America in 1805 [8]
  • Livy Crozier, who arrived in America in 1805 [8]
  • Agnes Crozier, who arrived in New England in 1805
  • Agnes Crozier, who arrived in America in 1805 [8]
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Australia Crozier migration to Australia +

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

Crozier Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. James Crozier, British Convict who was convicted in Kingston Upon Hull, Yorkshire, England for 14 years, transported aboard the "Eden" on 12th March 1842, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Island) [9]
  • Mr. Richard Crozier, (b. 1830), aged 24, Cornish stonecutter, from Penryn, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "Lady Elgin" arriving in New South Wales, Australia on 4th August 1854 [10]
  • John Crozier, aged 44, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Telegraph"
  • John Crozier, aged 20, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Amazon"

New Zealand Crozier 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:

Crozier Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • George Crozier, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of the Avon" in 1859
  • Mr. Robert Crozier, (b. 1842), aged 23, British bricklayer travelling from London aboard the ship "Greyhound" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 7th May 1865 [11]
  • Mrs. Mary Ann Crozier, (b. 1844), aged 21, British miliner travelling from London aboard the ship "Greyhound" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 7th May 1865 [11]
  • Mr. A. Crozier, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Glenmark" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 12th December 1868 [11]
  • Mr. John Crozier, (b. 1846), aged 22, British farm labourer travelling from London aboard the ship "Matoaka" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 8th February 1869 [11]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Crozier (post 1700) +

  • Wilmot F. Crozier, American politician, Member of Nebraska State House of Representatives, 1919, 1931 [12]
  • Will E. Crozier, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Senator from Oklahoma, 1984 [12]
  • Robert Crozier (1827-1895), American Republican politician, U.S. Attorney for Kansas, 1861-64; U.S. Senator from Kansas, 1873-74 [12]
  • Linda Crozier, American Democratic Party politician, Member, Platform Committee, Democratic National Convention, 2008 [12]
  • John Hervey Crozier (1812-1889), American politician, Member of Tennessee State Legislature; U.S. Representative from Tennessee 3rd District, 1845-49 [12]
  • John Crozier, American politician, Postmaster at Knoxville, Tennessee, 1797-1838 [12]
  • H. E. Crozier, American politician, Mayor of Hawthorne, California, 1952-53 [12]
  • George W. Crozier, American politician, Circuit Judge in Iowa 6th District, 1885-86 [12]
  • George H. Crozier, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for Presidential Elector for New York, 1920 [12]
  • Douglas G. Crozier, American politician, U.S. Attorney for Hawaii, 1943-45 [12]
  • ... (Another 17 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


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  3. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. 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. ^ Rye, Walter, A History of Norfolk. London: Elliot Stock, 62, Paternoster Row, 1885. Print
  6. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  7. ^ http://www.journaldesfemmes.com/nom-de-famille/nom/
  8. ^ 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)
  9. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 15th December 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/eden
  10. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_nsw_1850_59.pdf
  11. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  12. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 2) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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