McCrossen History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The original Gaelic form of the Irish name McCrossen was written as Mac an Chrosain, which is derived from the word cros, which means cross.

Early Origins of the McCrossen family

The surname McCrossen was first found in Leinster, where they held a family seat at Ballymacrossan on the border of Leix and Offaly. 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. [1]

Important Dates for the McCrossen family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McCrossen research. Another 257 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1600, 1621, 1638, 1658, 1658, 1639, 1619, 1638, 1695, 1689 and 1762 are included under the topic Early McCrossen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McCrossen Spelling Variations

Individual scribes in the Ireland during the Middle Ages would often record a person's name various ways. How the name was recorded depended on what that particular scribe believed the proper spelling for the name pronounced to him was. Spelling variations revealed in the search for the origin of the McCrossen family name include Crossan, Crossen, McCrossan, McCrossen, MacCrossan, MacCrossin, MacCrossen, Crossin, MacCrosson, McCrosson, Crosson, McCrosin, McCrosen and many more.

Early Notables of the McCrossen 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 Crosbie...
Another 52 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McCrossen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McCrossen migration to the United States

The English-ruled Ireland of the late 18th and 19th centuries featured a rapidly increasing population and an agricultural-based economy. This combination proved to be disastrous in the 1840s after a couple of failed potato harvests. Thousands died of disease and starvation, and thousands more left the country, often bound for North America. Those that survived the journey to North America were put to work building the bridges, canals, roadways, and railways needed for the development of an industrial society. Those Irish, although often despised by those already established in North American cities and towns, played an instrumental role in making Canada and the United States the powerful and wealthy nations that they are today. An examination of early immigration and passenger lists has shown many immigrants bearing the name McCrossen:

McCrossen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Alex, Charles, Denis, Hugh, James, John, and Patrick McCrossen all, who arrived in Philadelphia between 1837 and 1875
  • Wm. McCrossen, aged 28, who settled in America, in 1894
  • Eliza A. McCrossen, aged 18, who immigrated to the United States, in 1895
McCrossen Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • John T. McCrossen, who landed in America, in 1909
  • Mary E McCrossen, aged 33, who settled in America from Manchester, England, in 1910
  • Milton McCrossen, aged 18, who landed in America, in 1920
  • Robert McCrossen, aged 22, who immigrated to the United States, in 1922

Citations

  1. ^ MacLysaght, Edward, More Irish Families. Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0)
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