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This interesting name has two possible origins. The first being a
metonymic occupational name for a maker or seller of hooks, deriving
from the medieval English "crome" or "cromb", itself coming from the
Olde English pre 7th century "crumb" meaning "bent", or "crooked". It
is also possible that "crome" was given as a surname\nickname to a bent
or stooping person. The surname is first recorded at the end of the
12th Century, (see below). One, John Croume and a Maud le Crombe appear
in the 1275 Subsidy Rolls of Worcestershire. A second distinct
possibility is that the name is of locational origin either from Croom
in East Yorkshire, (so called from the Olde English "crohum" a narrow
valley), or from Croome in Worcestershire, (from the Welsh "crwm"
crooked, referring to an old river). One, Simon de (of) Crombe is
recorded in the Hundred Rolls of Worcestershire, dated 1275. The first
recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Robert le
Crumbe. which was dated 1199, in the Assize Court Rolls of
Staffordshire. during the reign of King Richard 1, known as "Richard
the Lionheart", 1189 - 1199. Surnames became necessary when governments
introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax.
Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to
"develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original
Map of Some
Important Crome Locations in Co Norfolk
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Dereham & Swaffham Region
- Roger Crome of North Elmham, born 1550's, &
son's Roger & Thomas.
- John Crome of Hindolveston, born 1743, & son
Charles of Wood Norton.
- John Crome of Beeston-next-Mileham, born before 1745.
Descendents to Kings Lynn.
- James Crome of Aylsham, born 1660's. Sons John
& Richard of Buxton & Hevingham.
- Jonathan Crome, born 1740, s/o Joseph, of Norwich,
Marsham & Hainford.
- John Crome, born about 1705, of Horsford, &
& Kings Lynn Region
- Samuel Crome of South Lynn, born 1740's, &
sons Samuel & James.
|North Walsham Region
- John Crome of Ludham, born 1780's. Descendents of
Ludham & Stalham.
- George Crome, s/o William, born 1640, Swaffham
& thence to Rollesby.
- Francis Crome, born about 1750, of Great Yarmouth.
- Robert Crome, s/o Robert & Ann, born 1807,
- John Crome, s/o John & Ann, born 1818, Great
- John Crome, born 1815, Buxton & thence to
- Samuel Crome, born before 1675. Sons Thomas
- John Crome (born before 1670) & Stephen Crome
(born before 1680).
- Miles & Thomas Crome (born before 1625) of
Smallburgh & thence to Norwich by 1650's.
- John Crome, born before 1780, sons John Jr &
- John Crome born 1783, Antingham, s/o Martha,
& thence to Norwich.
- Robert Crome of Trowse Newton, Norwich, born about
|Crome's of Swanton Abbot, thence North
Walsham & Norwich
Norwich Fragments From the 1600's & Early 1700's