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Crossdale Family Crest / Crossdale Coat of Arms

Crossdale Family Crest / Crossdale Coat of Arms

The surname of CROSSDALE was of the locational group of surnames 'of Crosdale' a small spot in Furness, County Lancashire which has not been properly identified, although the home of the name is of no doubt Yorkshire. The earliest of the name on record appears to be CROASDALE (without surname) who was recorded in Yorkshire in the year 1185. Johannes de Crosdale of Yorkshire, who was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. Most of the place-names that yield surnames are usually of small communities, villages, hamlets, some so insignificant that they are now lost to the map. A place-name, it is reasonable to suppose, was a useful surname only when a man moved from his place of origin to elsewhere, and his new neighbours bestowed it, or he himself adopted it. A later instance of the name mentions Robert Croasdale of Elmeredge in Chippin, who was recorded in the Lancashire Wills at Richmond in the year 1737. Most of the European surnames were formed in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. The process had started somewhat earlier and had continued in some places into the 19th century, but the norm is that in the tenth and eleventh centuries people did not have surnames, whereas by the fifteenth century most of the population had acquired a second name. Henry Croasdell of Coulton (barber) and Isabel Hurst, were married at St. Mary, Ulverston, in the year 1762. It has long been a matter of doubt when the bearing of coats of arms first became hereditary and it was not until the Crusades that Heraldry came into general use. Men went into battle heavily armed and were difficult to recognise. It became the custom for them to adorn their helmets with distinctive crests, and to paint their shields with animals and the like. Coats of arms accompanied the development of surnames, becoming hereditary in the same way. The name has many variant spellings which include Croasdale, Croasdill, Crosdale and Croasdale. The associated coat of arms is recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884.

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