Where did the Irish Crowley family come from? What is the Irish coat of arms/family crest? When did the Crowley family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the history of the family name?
Irish names tend to vary widely in their spelling and overall form. The original Gaelic form of the name Crowley is O Cruadhlaoich. This is derived from the words cruadh, which means hard, and laoch, which means hero.
Before widespread literacy came to Ireland, a name was often recorded under several different variations during the life of its bearer. Accordingly, numerous spelling variations were revealed in the search for the origin of the name Crowley family name. Variations found include Crowley, Crowly, O'Crowley, Croaley, Croawley, O'Crowly and many more.
First found in Roscommon where they held a family seat from very ancient times.
Thousands of Irish families left for North American shores in the 19th century. These people were searching for a life unencumbered with poverty, hunger, and racial discrimination. Many arrived to eventually find such conditions, but many others simply did not arrive: victims of the diseased, overcrowded ships in which they traveled to the New World. Those who lived to see North American shores were instrumental in the development of the growing nations of Canada and the United States. A thorough examination of passenger and immigration lists has disclosed evidence of many early immigrants of the name Crowley: Alice Crowley settled in Jamaica in 1661; Alice, Bridget, Catharine, Cornelius, Dan, Eliza, Harry, James, Johanna, Judith, Mary, Michael, Pat, Timothy, and William Crowley, all settled in Boston Mass. in 1849.
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Some noteworthy people of the name Crowley
* Sir Brian Crowley, Australian Jockey Club
* Admiral George Crowley,
* Thomas Crowley, Ministry of Defence
* Air Marshall Sir Dennis Crowley,
* Edward Aleister Crowley (1875-1947), English poet and author
* Robert Crowley (b. 1954), English stage designer
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