Origin of the Name Crane
The ancient history of the name Crane
was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives. Meaning 'the Crane', this is a locational name from a place in Riddel near Dalkeith. Variants include Cranstone, Cranstoun, Cran and Crann. It can also be a nickname from the bird, the crane. This name is of Scottish descent spreading to the countries of Ireland , England , and Wales in early times and is found in many mediaeval manuscripts throughout these countries. Examples of such are an Andrew de Cranstoun who died before 1338, and a Thomas de Cranstoun who was a provost of Edinburgh in the year 1423. A William of Cranstoun was known as the conservator of the truce between Scotland and England . The name was first recorded in England in the person of a Stepanus Crane who was recorded in the 'Poll Tax', of the West Riding of Yorkshire, in the year 1379.
In Ireland this name and its variants were introduced into Ulster Province by settlers who arrived from England and Scotland , especially during the seventeenth century. It was the 'Plantations of Ireland ' in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries that marked the end of Gaelic supremacy in Ireland . While the influx of settlers in the wake of the earlier Anglo-Norman invasion of the twelfth century resulted in a full integration into Irish society of the new arrivals, the same never occurred with the Ulster Planters who maintained their own distinct identity.
Crane is sometimes a variant of the name Crean and in County Kerry it is sometimes used instead of Curran.
The Crane coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Crane descendants.