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Origins of the Cross surname

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What does the name Cross mean?

The origin of the Cross surname is English. It is from the Middle English 'Cros', and is topographical. It would have been given to those who lived at or near a cross or crucifix, a common structure in the medieval countryside.

Alternative variations of the name Cross

Cross, Crosse, Craws, Cros, Crose

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Where do most Crosses live?

In 1921, most Crosses lived in London.

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Interesting facts about Crosses

How common is your surname?

179th most common surname in the UK

We have 213,000 records for the Cross surname. The oldest one dates back to 1540.

Who were Crosses most likely to marry?




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What are the most common Cross first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

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Common jobs for Crosses

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Crosses in 1921




Cotton Weaver


Domestic Servant


General Servant Domestic


Common Male occupations for Crosses in 1921
Agricultural Labourer


General Labourer


Farm Labourer




Coal Miner


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