Cryar is an Anglo-Saxon
name. The name was originally 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 Cryar 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 Cryar family
The surname Cryar was first found in Worcestershire
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Cryar family
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Cryar 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 Cryar has appeared include Cryer, Cryour, Crier, Criur, Crieur, Crioure and others.
Early Notables of the Cryar family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Cryar family to the New World and Oceana
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 Cryar arrived in North America very early: William Cryer who arrived in Maryland in 1722 and Jane Cryer in America in 1755.
Contemporary Notables of the name Cryar (post 1700)
- Morgan Cryar, American Christian music vocalist, songwriter, and producer