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Where did the English Croom family come from? What is the English Croom family crest and coat of arms? When did the Croom family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Croom family history?

The Croom surname is thought to be derived from the Old English word "crumb," which meant "bent" or "crooked." The name may have been a nickname for a crippled person, or it may have been an occupational name for a maker or seller of hooks. There are also several place names in Britain, such as Croom, East Yorkshire and Croome, Worcestershire from which surnames may have evolved.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Croone, Croon, Croom, Crome, Crone, Cron, Croome and others.

First found in Herefordshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 13th century when they held estates in that shire.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Croom research. Another 283 words(20 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600, 1476, 1455, 1487, 1633 and 1684 are included under the topic Early Croom History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 33 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Croom Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Croom Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Elizabeth Croom, who arrived in Maryland in 1682
  • Martha Croom, who settled in Maryland in 1682
  • John Croom, who settled in America in 1685

Croom Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • George Croom arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Pegasus" in 1865

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  • Sylvester Croom Jr. (b. 1954), American NFL football coach for the Tennessee Titans
  • Larry Croom (b. 1981), American NFL football running back for the Pittsburgh Steelers
  • John M. Croom, United States Antarctic Research Program biologist at Palmer Station in 19681969, eponym of Croom Glacier, Antarctica
  • Alfred John William Croom (1896-1947), English cricketer
  • Leslie Charles Brian Croom (1920-1989), English cricketer


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The Croom Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Croom 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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