Crystal History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Crystal has a rich and ancient history. It is an Anglo-Saxon name that was originally derived from Christopher, an ancient and popular font name which has been common since the 12th century. [1] Another source claims the name was "derived from a geographical locality. 'of Cristall.' I cannot find the spot, but Yorkshire seems to have been the home of the surname." [2]

Early Origins of the Crystal family

The surname Crystal was first found in Yorkshire where one of the first records of the name was Robert de Cristall who was registered in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379. [2] Scotland was another homeland for the family and in this case, "it is certainly a diminutive or pet form of Christopher. The first form was an old surname in Foveran and it was not uncommon in Prestwick, Ayrshire, in the fifteenth century" [3]

Important Dates for the Crystal family

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Crystal Spelling Variations

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 Crystal include Chrystal, Cristall, Cristoll, Cristole, Cristell, Crystal, Crystall, MacCrystall, MacCristall and many more.

Early Notables of the Crystal family (pre 1700)

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Crystal migration to the United States

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:

Crystal Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Crystal, aged 29, who arrived in America in 1822 [4]
  • G Crystal, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Crystal (post 1700)

  • Mary Crystal, American politician, Independent Candidate for Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1992 [5]
  • Harry W. Crystal, American Republican politician, Candidate for Delaware State House of Representatives 37th District, 1998 [5]
  • William Edward "Billy" Crystal (b. 1947), American five-time American Comedy Award winning, five-time Primetime Emmy Award winning, three-time Golden Globe nominated comedian, actor and writer, nine-time host of the Academy Awards
  • Professor David Crystal (b. 1941), British linguist, academic and author
  • Crystal Lillico, Canadian curler at the 2012 Canadian Junior Curling Championships
  • Crystal Griffith, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Texas, 2012 [6]
  • Crystal Lovett-Tibbs, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Missouri, 2008 [7]
  • Crystal Zorbaugh, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Maryland, 2008 [8]
  • Crystal Renn (b. 1986), American fashion model and author
  • Crystal McCahill (b. 1983), American model


  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  4. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 2) . Retrieved from
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, June 10) . Retrieved from
  7. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 18) . Retrieved from
  8. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 30) . Retrieved from
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