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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.

McEcrossan Early Origins



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.

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McEcrossan Spelling Variations


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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.

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McEcrossan Early History


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McEcrossan Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McEcrossan research. Another 147 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1718, 1606, 1683, 1664, 1738, 1700, 1762 and are included under the topic Early McEcrossan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McEcrossan Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McEcrossan Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McEcrossan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McEcrossan In Ireland


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McEcrossan In 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.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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.

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Motto


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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.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    2. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    3. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    4. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    5. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    6. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    7. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    8. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    9. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    10. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
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    The McEcrossan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McEcrossan Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 17 March 2016 at 10:21.

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