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The ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of England produced the name of Cruse. It was given to a brave or fierce person. The surname Cruse is derived from the Old English words crus or cruse.

Cruse Early Origins



The surname Cruse was first found in Bedfordshire (Old English: Bedanfordscir), located in Southeast-central England, formerly part of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Mercia, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Cruse Spelling Variations


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Cruse Spelling Variations



One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Cruse has appeared include Cruise, Cruice, Crouse, Cruse and others.

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Cruse Early History


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Cruse Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cruse research. Another 272 words (19 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cruse History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Cruse Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Cruse Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Cruse In Ireland


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Cruse In Ireland



Some of the Cruse family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 116 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Cruse arrived in North America very early:

Cruse Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Robert Cruse, who arrived in Maryland in 1680

Cruse Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • George Cruse, who landed in Long Island in 1781
  • Johann Cruse, who landed in Long Island in 1781

Cruse Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Peter Cruse, aged 35, landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1820
  • W Bernh Cruse, who landed in America in 1837
  • Clara Cruse, aged 29, arrived in America in 1837
  • James Henry Cruse, aged 42, arrived in Mobile County, Ala in 1844
  • S R Cruse, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Cruse Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Mrs. Cruse, who landed in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907
  • Thomas Cruse, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907

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Contemporary Notables of the name Cruse (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Cruse (post 1700)



  • Vicki Cruse (1967-2009), American aerobatic pilot and administrator
  • Thomas Cruse (1857-1943), American Army Brigadier General
  • Howard Cruse (b. 1944), American alternative cartoonist
  • William J. Cruse, American politician, Mayor of Piqua, Ohio, 1988-91, 1996-97
  • S. E. Cruse, American politician, Mayor of Iron Mountain, Michigan; Elected 1914
  • Jennifer Cruse, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 2004
  • Howard R. Cruse, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New Jersey, 1924
  • Alfred Cruse, American politician, Mayor of Iron Mountain, Michigan; Elected 1900
  • Harold Wright Cruse (1916-2005), American academic who was an outspoken social critic and teacher
  • Toby John Cruse (b. 1980), British musician, producer and artist
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    2. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    3. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    4. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    5. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    6. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    7. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    8. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    9. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    10. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    11. ...

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

    This page was last modified on 28 December 2015 at 17:18.

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