The Crew Family
from Somerset, England

"This distinguished surname, having no less than ten Coats of Arms, and with several entries in the "Dictionary of National Biography", is of Old Welsh origin, and is a locational name from Crewe, south east of Chester in Cheshire, close to the Welsh marches. Recorded as "Crev" in the Domesday Book of 1086, and as "Cruue" in the 1288 County Court Rolls of Chester, the place was so called from the Old Welsh "criu", weir (modern Welsh "cryw", weir, ford). The reference here is to a wickerwork fence that was stretched across the river Dee to catch fish. Locational surnames, such as this, were originally given to local landowners, and the lord of the manor, and especially as a means of identification to those who left their birthplace to settle elsewhere." (ref

The name Crew was widespread in Somerset and nearby counties by the eighteenth century. It is not known how this is connected with the similar name CAREW, but there was a very significant Carew family at Camerton, Somerset, documented in the book "A genealogical and heraldic history of the extinct and dormant baronetcies" by Sir John Bernard Burke.

There are various spellings such as Crewe, Crow or Crowe.

The direct line to Libby Shade is
(1) John Crew and Jane
(2) Joseph Crew & Mary Gould
(3) Joseph Crew & Hannah Tay
(4) Phoebe Crew & John Grierson (GOES TO GRIERSON TREE)
(5) John Grierson & Annie Elizabeth Burton
(6) John Burton Grierson & Margaret Elizabeth Sampson
(7) John Sampson Grierson & Katharine Beatrice Serle.

Recent Changes

Addition of a new first generation added 15 May 2020

Contact Libby Shade for further details

P.O. Box 105, Rosanna 3084, Victoria, Australia

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The information given will be referenced by official documents, family bibles etc.
Information that is uncertain or unreferenced will not be published.
For privacy of the present generations, the family tree will halt at the generation born around the start of the 20th century.
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