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Cross Name Meaning
English: topographic name for someone who lived near a stone cross set up by the roadside or in a marketplace, from Old Norse kross (via Gaelic from Latin crux, genitive crucis), which in Middle English quickly and comprehensively displaced the Old English form cruc (see Crouch). In a few cases the surname may have been given originally to someone who lived by a crossroads, but this sense of the word seems to have been a comparatively late development. In other cases, the surname (and its European cognates) may have denoted someone who carried the cross in processions of the Christian Church, but in English at least the usual word for this sense was Crozier.Irish: reduced form of McCrossen.In North America this name has absorbed examples of cognate names from other languages, such as French Lacroix.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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Name Distribution of Cross Families

  • Number of Cross families
     455 - 907
     152 - 454
     1 - 151
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Cross families
     1,721 - 3,440
     574 - 1,720
     1 - 573
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Cross families
     248 - 493
     83 - 247
     1 - 82
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Cross Family Origin

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Cross Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Cross

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Cross Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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