I would be grateful for information about the origins and/or naming of
I'm in the process of revising and article I wrote in 1998 discussing
the origins of the surname Crandall and it's many variant spellings.
(If anyone's interested you can find the original at
.) My belief is that this surname derives
from proximity to to a landscape feature known as a crundel, many of
which were used as boundary markers in
Anglo-Saxon manorial charters. Some may have been the location of chalk
quarries, i.e. Crondall in HAM and Crundale in KEN. Somehow, from
the limited knowledge I have,
Crundale in PEM doesn't seem to fit.
In "The Surnames of Wales" (1996) John and Sheila Rowlands discuss the
surname Crunn (pp.87-88) and offer this intriguing statement:
"By 1670 [Pembrokeshire Hearth Tax] John Crunn is an inhabitant of
Dale, and, in 18C, a number
of Crunns are found in central and north Pembrokeshire."
I'm unable to find Dale, but wonder if perhaps Crundale might have had a
later foundation (late 17th or 18th centuries) perhaps by the Crunn family.