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

The name Crum has a history dating as far back as the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It was a name for a person with an abnormal curvature of the spine. The surname Crum is derived from the Old English word crump, which means bent or crooked.


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 Crum have been found, including Crump, Crumpe, Crompe, Crum, Crummey, Crumb, Crumbe, Crombe, Crom, Cromm, Cromp, Crumm, Crommey, Crummie, Crummy, Crommie and many more.

First found in Berkshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Crum research. Another 189 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1176, 1273, and 1564 are included under the topic Early Crum History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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


Some of the Crum family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 91 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


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 for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Crum, or a variant listed above:

Crum Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Johannes Crum, who landed in America in 1750-1753

Crum Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Caspar Crum, who arrived in Maryland in 1847
  • A Crum, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • Dr. G.P. Crum, aged 24, who landed in America, in 1892
  • Clark Crum, aged 32, who emigrated to America, in 1893

Crum Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • C. Raymond Crum, aged 19, who landed in America, in 1903
  • E. R. Crum, aged 30, who settled in America from Kingston, in 1905
  • Andrew Crum, aged 64, who emigrated to the United States from Glasgow, in 1905
  • Agnes Tibb Crum, aged 27, who settled in America from London, England, in 1910
  • Fannie Crum, aged 51, who emigrated to the United States, in 1910


  • Walter Ewing Crum (1865-1944), American coptologist
  • Mike Crum (b. 1973), American, ranked as one of the best skateboarders in the world
  • Clarence Newton "Cal" Crum (1889-1945), American pitcher in Major League Baseball
  • Dick Crum (b. 1934), former American football player and coach
  • Maurice Crum Jr. (b. 1986), American football linebacker
  • Christopher Jake Crum (b. 1991), American driver in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
  • Richard D. "Dick" Crum (1928-2005), prominent American international folk dancer and teacher
  • George "Speck" Crum (1822-1914), American inventor, widely credited as the inventor of potato chips
  • C. Lee Crum, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Mississippi, 1916
  • Charles W. Crum, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Michigan 8th District, 1932; Candidate for Michigan State Board of Agriculture, 1933



  • Now and Then with Kropffs and Crums by Ruth Crum Wells.

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