The ancestors of the bearers of the Crutchfeld family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England
. They were first found near a crossroads. The name is derived from the Old English word crouch,
Early Origins of the Crutchfeld family
The surname Crutchfeld was first found in Somerset
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times.
Early History of the Crutchfeld family
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Crutchfeld Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Crutchfeld include Crouch, Crooch, Croucher, Croutch, Crowch, Crowcher, Crouche and many more.
Early Notables of the Crutchfeld family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Crutchfeld family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Crutchfeld 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.