The original Gaelic form of the Irish name MacCrossen was written as Mac an Chrosain, which is derived from the word cros, which means cross.
Early Origins of the MacCrossen family
The surname MacCrossen was first found in Leinster
, where they held a family seat
at Ballymacrossan on the border of Leix
. There they were an off-shoot of the notable Clan
O'Moore which was the leading sept of the 'Seven Clans of Leix'. In Gaelic the surname is "Mac an Chrosain," but more frequently seen in the English form "Crosby" or "Crosbie" which was listed as early as the early 1600s. CITATION[CLOSE]
MacLysaght, Edward, More Irish Families. Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0)
Early History of the MacCrossen family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacCrossen research.Another 513 words (37 lines of text) covering the years 1600, 1621, 1638, 1658, 1658, 1639, 1619, 1638, 1695, 1689 and 1762 are included under the topic Early MacCrossen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
MacCrossen Spelling Variations
The spelling of names in Ireland
during the Middle Ages was rarely consistent. This inconsistency was due to the scribes and church officials' attempts to record orally defined names in writing. The common practice of recording names as they sounded resulted in spelling variations
such as Crossan, Crossen, McCrossan, McCrossen, MacCrossan, MacCrossin, MacCrossen, Crossin, MacCrosson, McCrosson, Crosson, McCrosin, McCrosen and many more.
Early Notables of the MacCrossen family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family name at this time was Patrick McCrossan, Chief of his Clann; John Crosbie, alias Sean Mac an Chrosáin (died 1621), a bishop of the Church of Ireland; and his sons: Sir Walter Crosbie, 1st Baronet
, died 4 Aug 1638; David Crosbie (died 1658), died 1658; Sir John... Another 53 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early MacCrossen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the MacCrossen family to the New World and Oceana
Many destitute Irish families
in the 18th and 19th centuries decided to leave their homeland, which had in many ways been scarred by English colonial rule. One of the most frequent destinations for these families was North America where it was possible for an Irish family to own their own parcel of land. Many of the early settlers did find land awaiting them in British North America, or even later in America, but for the majority of immigrants that arrived as a result of the Great Potato Famine
of the late 1840s the ownership of land was often a long way off. These Irish people were initially put to work on such industrial projects as the building of bridges, canals, and railroads, or they worked at manufacturing positions within factories. Whenever they arrived, the Irish made enormous contributions to the infant nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the earliest immigrants to bearer the name of MacCrossen were found through extensive research of immigration and passenger lists: Thomas and his wife Jane, and children John, Agnes, Jane, Helen, and Thomas all settled in Charles Town, S.Carolina in 1767; Neal Crossan settled in Pennsylvania in 1772.
The MacCrossen Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Indignante invidia florebit justus
Motto Translation: The just man will flourish in spite of envy.