The surname ‘Crabtree’ is of English origin. It is a variant of the name ‘Crabbe’, in itself of English, and Scottish origin, derived from the nickname for someone with a peculiar gait, from the Middle English word ‘crabbe’, and the Old English word ‘crabba’, both meaning ‘crab’ (the crustacean). Public and Civil registry archive’s confirm that the surname ‘Crabtree’ and or it’s variant’s, date as far back as the thirteenth century were a ‘John Crabtree’, from the county of Yorkshire, England, is recorded on the Depositions from York Castle. Historical archive’s have been unable to definitely determine the exact period of settlement in North America but It is believed that the forefather’s of this surname were part of the exodus of migrants that followed the Treaty of Peace signed in Paris in 1763, when great Britain obtained ownership of the whole of North America east of the Missisipi River excepting New Orleans. The chief reasons causing working class people to emigrate were, poor crop yields, high unemployment, and the misconception that America was a land of golden opportunity… Coat of arms: Argent a cross ragulé s…
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