McCrossin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

Early Origins of the McCrossin family

The surname McCrossin 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]

Early History of the McCrossin family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McCrossin 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 McCrossin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McCrossin Spelling Variations

Numerous spelling variations of the surname McCrossin exist. A partial explanation for these variants is that ancient scribes and church officials recorded names as they were pronounced, often resulting in a single person being recorded under several different spellings. Different spellings that were found include Crossan, Crossen, McCrossan, McCrossen, MacCrossan, MacCrossin, MacCrossen, Crossin, MacCrosson, McCrosson, Crosson, McCrosin, McCrosen and many more.

Early Notables of the McCrossin 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...
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United States McCrossin migration to the United States +

Irish families began to immigrate to British North America and the United States in the 18th century, but the greatest influx of Irish immigrants came during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. The earlier settlers came to North America after a great deal of consideration and by paying relatively high fees for their passage. These settlers were primarily drawn by the promise of land. Those later settlers that came during the 1840's were trying to escape the conditions of poverty, starvation, disease, and death that had stricken Ireland. Due to the enormity of their numbers and the late date of their arrival, these immigrants primarily became hired laborers instead of homesteading settlers like their predecessors. An exhaustive search of immigration and passenger lists has revealed many Irish immigrants North America bearing the name McCrossin:

McCrossin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Charles, Denis, Edward, Hugh, James, John, Joseph, and Patrick McCrossin arrived between 1830 and 1878 in Philadelphia
McCrossin Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Edward J McCrossin, aged 32, who immigrated to America, in 1906
  • Estelle W. McCrossin, aged 17, who immigrated to the United States, in 1906
  • Joanna E McCrossin, aged 57, who landed in America, in 1906
  • Edward J. McCrossin, aged 37, who landed in America, in 1910
  • Laurence McCrossin, aged 41, who settled in America, in 1919

Canada McCrossin migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McCrossin Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Thomas McCrossin, aged 18, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Ranger" in 1834
  • Thomas McCrossin, aged 17, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Ranger" in 1834

New Zealand McCrossin migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

McCrossin Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • William McCrossin, aged 24, a farm labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Zealandia" in 1879
  • Mary McCrossin, aged 23, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Zealandia" in 1879
  • Mary A. McCrossin, aged 2, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Zealandia" in 1879

Contemporary Notables of the name McCrossin (post 1700) +

  • Elizabeth Smith- McCrossin (b. 1969), Canadian politician, Member of the Nova Scotia House of Assembly for Cumberland North (2017-)
  • Julie McCrossin (b. 1954), Australian radio broadcaster, journalist, comedian, political commentator and activist for women's and gay rights


The McCrossin 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.


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


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