The origins of the McEcrossan name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. It comes from when the family lived as dwellers at a cross or crucifix.
The surname McEcrossan originally derived from the Old English word crosse,
which means cross.
Early Origins of the McEcrossan family
The surname McEcrossan 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 McEcrossan family
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McEcrossan Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon
surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name McEcrossan were recorded, including Cross, Crosse, Croce, Crosce, Croise, Croice and others.
Early Notables of the McEcrossan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the McEcrossan family to Ireland
Some of the McEcrossan 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 McEcrossan family to the New World and Oceana
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the McEcrossan family emigrate to North America: 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 McEcrossan 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.