Cross Family CrestThe English surname Cross, also found in Ireland and Scotland, is a topographic name for someone who lived near a stone cross set up by the roadside or in a marketplace, from the Old Norse term  kross. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Humfrey de Cruce. This was dated 1273, in the "Hundred Rolls of Oxfordshire." Richard del Crosse is recorded in 1285 in the Assize Court Rolls of Lancashire. The first record of the name in the New World is in 1635 when John Cross arrived in Ipswich, Mass. Today there are approximately 75,000 bearers of the surname Cross living in the US. 

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