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Origin of the Name Crozier

The Crozier family history was found in the archives.
Over the centuries Surnames developed a wide number of variants. Different spellings of the same name can be traced back to an original root. Additionally when a bearer of a name emigrated it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books at their new location. Surnames were also often altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another.
Variants of the name Crozier
include Crosier, Crozeer, Crossier and Crosier. This is an ancient occupational name describing a person who bore a cross or a Bishops crook in religious ceremonies. It can equally describe a person who made such crosses. This name is usually of Scottish descent and is found in many ancient manuscripts in that country. Examples of such are a William Crosier who was recorded as being a Professor of Philosophy at the University of St. Andrews in the year 1410. A William Croyser was recorded as being the Canon of Dunkeld in the year 1424. Names were recorded in these ancient documents to make it easier for their overlords to collect taxes and to keep records of the population at any given time. When the overlords acquired land by either force or gifts from their rulers, they created charters for themselves and their vassals.
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.
In modern times it is most associated with County Armagh.
The Crozier 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 Crozier descendants.
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