Crye History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient name of Crye finds its origins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from a name for 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 Crye 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 Crye family

The surname Crye was first found in Worcestershire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the Crye family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Crye research. Another 62 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1221, 1269, 1379, 1590 and 1788 are included under the topic Early Crye History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Crye Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Crye family name include Cryer, Cryour, Crier, Criur, Crieur, Crioure and others.

Early Notables of the Crye family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Crye Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Crye migration to the United States +

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Crye surname or a spelling variation of the name include :

Crye Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Henry Crye, aged 24, who settled in America from Antwerp, in 1892
Crye Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Thomas Arthur Crye, aged 23, who landed in America from Andrcai, Isle of Man, in 1910
  • Thomas Arthur Crye, aged 26, who immigrated to America from Andreas Dofman, England, in 1912
  • Sarah Jane Crye, aged 27, who immigrated to the United States from Ballayockey, Isle of Man, in 1922

Contemporary Notables of the name Crye (post 1700) +

  • Christian Crye, American television documentary director
  • John B. Crye, American actor


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