The name Crutchfeild is of Anglo-Saxon
origin and came from when the family lived near a crossroads. The name is derived from the Old English word crouch,
Early Origins of the Crutchfeild family
The surname Crutchfeild was first found in Somerset
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times.
Early History of the Crutchfeild family
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Crutchfeild Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Crutchfeild are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Crutchfeild include: Crouch, Crooch, Croucher, Croutch, Crowch, Crowcher, Crouche and many more.
Early Notables of the Crutchfeild family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Crutchfeild family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Crutchfeild or a variant listed above: Richard, Nicholas, Richard, and Thomas Crouch who settled in Virginia in 1623; followed by Eliza in 1653; William Crouch settled in Charlestown in 1654.