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While visitng a museum in Galway, Ire, a month ago, I was told by the proprietor that my family name was changed by the English from Mac an Chroisan (Irish), to Crossen. He said that it did not matter about the spelling, there were about 30 Crossans in the Galway phone book, but he told me that the true Irish name was Mac an Chroisan. That has been confirmed in sonmething I purchased years ago in London. He checked the name in a book of names, and told me that there were Monks in the family years ago, hence the name. I had always heard the name came from the crusades, but there may have been a tie in to the the fact that there may have been Monks in the family line.
My great Grandfather, Thomas, left Galway for Pittsburgh, years ago (my Grandmother was a Hecter, supposedly from Glasgow). That is were my information stops. If anyone can provide additional information, it would be appreciated