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About the study
I became interested in the surname CROSTON through researching my husband's family tree. One of the things that fascinated me was the fact that it was also the name of a village in Lancashire and so I wanted to learn about the possible link.
I have only recently begun my one name study, but finding it fascinating.
I have registered the name CROSSTON as a variant, though there are other variants too such as Chroston and Crostin.
The surname comes from the village of Croston in Lancashire. this originates from the Old Norse 'kross' meaning 'cross' or perhaps the Old English 'Cros' with the stem Old English 'tun' meaning 'farmstead' or 'settlement'.
However, there is also a Cross-stone in Peebleshire.
Historical occurrences of the name
In 1881 there were 568 Crostons on the UK census, which represented 19 people for every million. Now there are about 1079 Crostons, although this is an increase, they represent 17 people for every million, which means that the name is now less common in the British community.
From the 1881 data, most Crostons were occupied as farmers.
In the 1881 census over 90% of the Crostons lived in Lancashire. The top parish where they lived was Westhoughton (42 individuals), whilst Croston itself only ranked 11th. Aspull, ranking 2nd, and Blackrod, ranking 7th, both share borders with Westhoughton.
Distribution of the name
Crostons can be found in England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland and Northern Ireland; as well as America and Australia.