Anglo-Saxon in origin. It was a name given to a town crier, or for an officer of a court who made public announcements. These offices were important in the Middle Ages, since the majority of the population were illiterate; thus information could only be spread among the common people through verbal means. The surname Cry is derived from the Old English word criere, which in turn came from the Old French word criere, which was the nominative case of the word crieur, which means crier.
Early Origins of the Cry family
Worcestershire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.
Early History of the Cry family
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Cry Spelling Variations
hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Cry include Cryer, Cryour, Crier, Criur, Crieur, Crioure and others.
Early Notables of the Cry family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Cry family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Cry were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: William Cryer who arrived in Maryland in 1722 and Jane Cryer in America in 1755.
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