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About the study
Variants can include:
Croasdell, Croysdale, Croisdale, Crossdale, Crosdale, Croasdaile, Crossdell, Crosdill, Croisdall, Crosdil, Crosedale, Crowsdale, Croysdill, Crossdil, Crosdall, Crousdale, Croasdoll, Croosdale.
The earliest record of the name is c1100 in the west riding of Yorkshire. Legend has it that the original member of the family was deCroxdale and came over with William the Conqueror, but don't all families have the same legend? The name was only found in Yorkshire in the early records and then came to be found in both Lancashire and Yorkshire.
There are also several place names of Croasdale. eg Croasdale Fell and Croasdale Manor, both in Yorkshire
History of the name
Croasdales can be found in the records of William Penn as some of the famly came to the US on October 22, 1682 on board the 'Lamb'. This family included Thomas and Agnes along with their six children. From this family are descended some of the US Presidents such as Theodore Roosevelt. There are no male line descendants of this couple. However, a cousin of Thomas, Ezra arrived later the next year on board the 'Shield of Stockton'. His Croasdale descendants are numerous throughout the US to the present day.
There are also a couple of actors in Britain with the surname Croasdale or a variant.