I can't claim the George Crewys you posted to this list but I shall keep him
on file in case he links up somewhere.
I've found with my Cruwyses that there seems to have been a point somewhere
in the 1780s when my entire family decided to spell the surname CRUWYS
instead of Cruse/Crues/Crews/Cruze/Cruys/Creuse/Crewse/Crowys and all the
other variants I've come across in my own family line and in other Cruse
lines. My ggggg grandfather John Cruse signed his name in the register on his
marriage in 1779 as 'Cruse' but by the time his children were baptised he was
a 'Cruwys' and the name has been spelt that way ever since in my own family.
The most common early spelling of the name in other lines seems to have been
Cruse or Crewes. The earliest reference I have found to the CRUWYS spelling
so far is in a marriage licence of 1682 when John Cruwys (sic) of
Crusemorchard (sic) married Sara Foote. I've noticed from will indexes that
the Cruwys spelling was adopted in Tiverton from the early 1700s onwards. I
haven't yet been able to establish why it was decided to use such an unusual
spelling (which makes life very difficult when trying to find people in
I've noticed with other family lines too that there does seem to come a
point, usually when the family are able to read and write, that a common
spelling is decided upon.
Incidentally our Kennetts were all huntsman, and some of the male Kennetts in
the past were given the names of their father's favourite horses. We have the
name Hilo used as a middle name and even the name Nimrod used as a Christian