Cramp Family Crest, Coat of Arms and Name History
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Origins of Cramp:
A name with possible Huguenot connections, the origin, is either from Van Crimpe or Crimpen, both names being noted heraldically in Riestaffs Armorial General for the Netherlands, or from Olde English crump pre 10th Century. In the first example, the name is an old metonymic for a Linen worker, while the second is a nickname surname for a person with a crooked back or limbs. One John Cramp, an infant, named in St. Mary Whitechapel Stepney in 1599.
More common variations are: Crampe, Crampo, Crampi, Craump, Crampy, Crampp, Crmp, Curampa, Crampoo, Crump.
The surname Cramp first appeared in Worcestershire where they held a family seat from old times.
The very first recording spelling of the family was shown to be that of Walter Crampe, dated about 1200, in the “Carlularly of Oseney Abbey Oxford.” It was during the time of King John who was known to be the “Lackland,” dated 1199- 1216. The origin of surnames during this period became a necessity with the introduction of personal taxation. It came to be known as Poll Tax in England. Surnames all over the country began to develop, with unique and shocking spelling variations of the original one.
Many of the people with surname Cramp had moved to Ireland during the 17th century.
United States of America:
Individuals with the surname Cramp landed in the United States in four different centuries respectively in the 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th. Some of the people with the name Cramp who arrived in the United States in the 17th century included William Cramp, who came to Maryland in 1657. Peter Cramp, who came to Virginia in 1664.
People with the surname Cramp who landed in the United States in the 18th century included East Cramp settled in Virginia in 1741. Charles Cramp, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1765. John Cramp, who landed in North Carolina in 1767. John, Cramp Jr., who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1772.
People with the surname Cramp who landed in the United States in the 19th century included James Cramp, who arrived in New York in 1831. Samuel Cramp, who landed in New York, NY in 1846. F. Cramp, who emigrated to the United States, in 1892. Howard Cramp, who shifted to the United States from Liverpool, in 1892. J. Cramp, who settled in America from London, in 1892.
The following century saw more Cramp surnames arrive. Some of the people with the surname Cramp who arrived in the United States in the 20th century included Walter J. Cramp, who emigrated to America, in 1903. W.S. Cramp, aged 5, who emigrated to the United States, in 1903. Mrs. Walter S. Cramp, who moved to the United States, in 1903. Francis Cramp, aged 21, who emigrated to America, in 1906. Arthur L. Cramp, aged 20, who landed in America from Coventry, England, in 1907
Some of the people with the surname Cramp who came to Canada in the 20th century included F. H. Cramp, who moved to Toronto, in 1907. Harold Cramp, who settled in Toronto, Canada, in 1909. Mary Cramp, who settled in Newfoundland, in 1909. Reginald Cramp, who settled in Toronto, Canada, in 1909. Rose Cramp, who settled in Toronto, Canada, in 1909.
Some of the individuals with the surname Cramp who landed in Australia in the 19th century included Julia Maria Cramp, English convict from Sussex, who was transported aboard the “Arab” in December 1835, settling in Van Diemen‘s Land, Australia. William Cramp arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship “Medina.”
Some of the population with the surname Cramp who arrived in New Zealand in the 19th century included William Cramp and Hannah Cramp, both arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship “Celestial Queen” in 1872.
Here is the population distribution of the last name Cramp: England 1,226; Australia 969; United States 60; Canada 336; South Africa 73; New Zealand 66; Ireland 49; Wales 45; Spain 30; Scotland 26.
Charlie Cramp (1876–1933), was a British trade unionist.
Stanley Cramp (1913–1987), was a British ornithologist.
Rosemary Cramp (1926– ), is a British scientist.
Sid Cramp was an Australian political leader.
Blazons & Genealogy Notes
1) (Dudinghurst, co. Essex). Az. a chev. ar. betw. six crosses crosslet fitchee or.
2) Motto—Fide et amore. Az. a chev. betw. three mullets or. Crest—A demi lion ramp. gu. holding a mullet or.