Crumley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the Crumley surname are thought to have lived in the ancient Scottish kingdom of Dalriada. The name Crumley was given to someone who lived in the place Crombie, in the parish of Aucterless in the shire of Aberdeen. The place-name Crombie was originally derived from the Gaelic term "crom," which means "crooked."

The Cromarty variant probably hails from Cromarty, a burgh of barony, sea-port, and parish, in the county of Ross and Cromarty, 175 miles from Edinburgh. "This place, of which the Gaelic name, Crom Ba, signifying the crooked bay, is derived from the winding shore of the Frith of Cromarty, appears to have attained to some importance at an early period, though few details of its ancient history are recorded. " [1]

Early Origins of the Crumley family

The surname Crumley was first found in Aberdeenshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Obar Dheathain), a historic county, and present day Council Area of Aberdeen, located in the Grampian region of northeastern Scotland, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, on the lands of Crummy The land belonged to the Abbey of Culross, which was built on land gifted by Malcolm, 7th Earl of Fife, in 1217, during the reign of Alexander II.

Early History of the Crumley family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Crumley research. Another 88 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1450, 1516, 1600, 1797 and are included under the topic Early Crumley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Crumley Spelling Variations

The translation of Gaelic names in the Middle Ages was not a task undertaken with great care. Records from that era show an enormous number of spelling variations, even in names referring to the same person. Over the years Crumley has appeared as Crombie, Cromby, Crommie, Crommy, Cromy, Cromie, Crumbie, Crummie, Crumby, Croombie, Croommie and many more.

Early Notables of the Crumley family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Crumley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Crumley family to Ireland

Some of the Crumley family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 90 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Crumley migration to the United States +

Significant portions of the populations of both the United States and Canada are still made up of the ancestors of Dalriadan families. Some of those in Canada originally settled the United States, but went north as United Empire Loyalists in the American War of Independence. The late 19th and early 20th centuries saw the ancestors of many Scots on both sides of the border begin to recover their collective national heritage through Clan societies and highland games. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Crumley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Eleanor Crumley, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1816 [2]
  • James Crumley, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1861 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Crumley (post 1700) +

  • Newton Crumley, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Nevada, 1952 [3]
  • James Arthur Crumley (1939-2008), American author of violent hardboiled crime novels
  • Patrick Crumley (1860-1922), Irish politician, Nationalist Member of the Parliament of the United Kingdom for South Fermanagh (1910-1918)


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 2) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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