|There are 95,566 people with the Cross surname on MyHeritage.com|
|Is your surname Cross? Research Cross family|
Start your family tree now
|Where do people with the Cross surname come from:|
|The meaning of the name Cross:|
- English: topographic name for someone who lived near a stone cross set up by the roadside or in a marketplace, from Old Norse kross (via Gaelic from Latin crux, genitive crucis), which in Middle English quickly and comprehensively displaced the Old English form cruc (see Crouch). In a few cases the surname may have been given originally to someone who lived by a crossroads, but this sense of the word seems to have been a comparatively late development. In other cases, the surname (and its European cognates) may have denoted someone who carried the cross in processions of the Christian Church, but in English at least the usual word for this sense was Crozier.
- Irish: reduced form of McCrossen.
- In North America this name has absorbed examples of cognate names from other languages, such as French Lacroix.
|Dictionary of American Family Names, Oxford University Press, Mar 2003|
|Family sites on MyHeritage with the last name Cross:|
Cross family DNA Project
There is a Cross DNA project which verifies if individuals with this last name (or similar) are related.