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An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright 2000 - 2016


The origins of the Anglo-Saxon name Crust come from its first bearer, who was a strong-willed person. The surname Crust was originally derived from the Old French word crouste, which means crust of bread, and was used to describe someone who was "hard as crust."

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The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Crust has been spelled many different ways, including Crust, Cruste, Crouste, Crost, Croste, Crusta, Crast and many more.

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


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Crust research. Another 286 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1109, 1208, 1273, 1327, and 1668 are included under the topic Early Crust History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Crusts to arrive in North America:

Crust Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Thomas Crust who sailed to Virginia in 1620
  • Thomas Crust, who landed in Virginia in 1620
  • Robert Crust, who arrived in Virginia in 1659

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The Crust Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Crust 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 2 October 2014 at 01:12.

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