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About the study

Version 1. The Crimp One-Name study commenced in 2015. It started long before with and attempt to trace my own parents ancestry. My aunt had done a comprehensive search of the Watson ancestry, long before the days of computers and on-line databases. I have barely been able to improve on that. My father's mother maiden name was Heggs and quickly found that there was extensive research already accomplished on that. So I turned to my mother's maiden name, Rashleigh. I was intrigued by the apparent direct line to ancient families. Most of this research, at least for my family, is unreliable. It was with a sense of frustration with much of the public data that I started the One-Name study. My maternal grandmother's maiden name was Crimp. There is very little systematic research on the Crimp name. So in addition to the Rashleigh ONS I have started a Crimp ONS

Variant names

There are no variants of the Crimp name included in this study.

Name origin

The derivation of the Crimp name is uncertain. It is possible that it is a corruption of many similar names such as Cramp and Crump.

Historical occurrences of the name

The Crimp name is almost entirely associated with South Devon. Although now widely spread, most lines can trace their ancestry back to families from South Devon.


All of the data has been obtained from public records mainly the Birth, Marriage and Death entries from the General Register Offices for England & Wales since 1837. The census data from 1841 through to 1911 is also incorporated (all UK national censuses). Many baptisms from 1800, from those counties that have on-line records, have also been incorporated. A number of families now have a partial genealogy back to the 17th century. Some relationships have been made by educated guess work (there are a lot of Williams and Marys!). The study now incorporates mainly research from around the world, particularly USA and Australia. Much verified by reference to national or state governmental records. The research so far can be found at: