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About the study

I became interested in family history research in the 1980s and found that on my maternal side ancestors had lived locally. My paternal side seemed an unusual name so I started a one-name study of CRITCHARD and its variants and am seeking references for the name  all around the world, in all time periods and am always interested to hear from people researching the name or who have it in their family. The earliest record so far seen is 1559 when John son of Thomas CRUTCHARD was baptised in Woodbury, Devon.

Variant names


In the 1500-1600s there also appear Crutchard, Crutchyard, Crouchard, Critchett, Chricherde, Chrichet, Chritcherd, Creachard, Crochard

Name origin


Historical occurrences of the name


Name frequency

The earliest recorded names I have found are:

Woodbury, Devon 1559

Aylesbeare 1561

Ottery 1581

Colyton 1584

Plymtree 1595

Littleham with Exmouth Devon 1609

Clyst St George 1622

Lympstone Devon 1635

Exmouth 1635

Withycombe Raleigh 1642

Clyst Hydon Devon 1643

Exeter Devon 1718

London 1719

Axmouth Devon 1746

Honiton Devon 1765

Symondsbury Dorset 1780

Lyme Regis Dorset 1813

Bridport Dorset 1838

Norton Fitzwarren Somerset 1841


Distribution of the name

From my research the name seems to have originated in Devon and has then spread to Dorset, Somerset, the Manchester and London areas. The name has also been found in Australia and America.

Originally the majority were found in the coastal areas of Devon and Dorset, before spreading to other parts of those counties and the wider area.

In the 1841 37 recorded names

1851 40

1881 Census there were only 76 recorded names.


Sources researched include

1841 Census images

1851 Census images

1861 Census images

1871 Census images

1881 Census images

1891 Census images

1901 Census images

Parish records for Baptisms, Marriages and Burials

Probate records

Some Australian records

Telephone directories

Emigration passenger lists

Ellis Island Records