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The name Cryer is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name was taken on by someone who worked as 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 Cryer 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.


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

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Cryer include Cryer, Cryour, Crier, Criur, Crieur, Crioure and others.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cryer research. Another 123 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1221, 1269, 1379, 1590 and 1788 are included under the topic Early Cryer History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


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A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Cryer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • William Cryer who arrived in Maryland in 1722
  • Jane Cryer arrived in America in 1755

Cryer Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • John Archie Raymond Cryer, who landed in Alabama in 1921

Cryer Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • James Cryer, aged 18, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1860 aboard the ship "Grand Trianon"

  • Linda Cryer, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 2000
  • George Edward Cryer (1875-1961), American Republican politician, Mayor of Los Angeles, California, 1921-29; Defeated, 1933
  • C. E. Cryer, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1964
  • Suzanne Rossell Cryer (b. 1967), American stage and television actress
  • George Edward Cryer (1875-1961), American Mayor of Los Angeles between 1921 and 1929
  • Barry Charles Cryer OBE (b. 1935), English writer and comedian an OBE in 2001
  • George Robert "Bob" Cryer (1934-1994), English Labour Member of Parliament
  • John Robert Cryer (b. 1964), British politician and former Member of Parliament for Hornchurch from 1997 until 2005

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    Other References

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    2. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    3. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    4. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    5. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    6. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    7. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    8. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    9. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    10. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
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    The Cryer Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Cryer Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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