The ancestry of the name McAncrossan dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived as dwellers at a cross or crucifix.
The surname McAncrossan originally derived from the Old English word crosse,
which means cross.
Early Origins of the McAncrossan family
The surname McAncrossan was first found in Lincolnshire
. The name was first found to be in the southern English counties of Lincolnshire
, Buckingham, and Oxfordshire
, about the year 1250. By the year 1340 the most important branch of the name had moved northward to Lancashire
, and established manors and estates at Crosse Hall, just outside Liverpool. This branch also moved into the Cross of Ledsham to the south in the county of Cheshire.
Early History of the McAncrossan family
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McAncrossan Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name McAncrossan have been found, including Cross, Crosse, Croce, Crosce, Croise, Croice and others.
Early Notables of the McAncrossan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the McAncrossan family to Ireland
Some of the McAncrossan family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 101 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the McAncrossan family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England
. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England
, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name McAncrossan, or a variant listed above: John Cross, who came from Ipswich, England, on the sailing ship the "Elizabeth" in 1634. Another John Cross settled a year later, also from Ipswich, and he became a freeman in Hampton in 1635. John Cross was constable of Wells, Massachusetts Bay Colony, in 1647. John Croos (same family) settled in Boston in 1633.
The McAncrossan 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: Cruce dum spero fido
Motto Translation: Whilst I have breath I confide in the cross.