Crouch last name popularity, history, and meaning

Find out how popular the last name Crouch is in the United States and learn more about the meaning, history, and race and ethnic origin of people in America who are named Crouch.

Meaning of Crouch

An English surname derived from a nickname for someone with a stooped or hunched posture.

Crouch, like all of the last names we have data for, is identified by the U.S. Census Bureau as a surname which has more than 100 occurrences in the United States in the Decennial Census survey. The most recent statistics we have for the Crouch surname is from the 2010 census data.

Popularity of Crouch in America

Crouch is the 1497th most popular name in America based on the data we have collected from the U.S. Census Bureau.

The Crouch surname appeared 23,923 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 8 people would have the surname Crouch.

We can also compare 2010 data for Crouch to data from the previous census in 2000. The table below contains all of the statistics for both years in a side-by-side comparison.

2010 2000 Change (%)
Rank 1497 1342 10.92%
Count 23,923 24,146 -0.93%
Proportion per 100k 8.11 8.95 -9.85%

The history of the last name Crouch

The surname Crouch is of English origin, deriving from the Old English word "croc," meaning a hook or bend, and the word "hoc," meaning a hook or angle. It is believed to have originated in the early medieval period, around the 11th or 12th century, as a descriptive surname for an individual who was either physically crooked or lived near a crooked or winding path.

One of the earliest recorded instances of the name Crouch can be found in the Domesday Book of 1086, where it is listed as "Croch" in the county of Somerset. This suggests that the name was already in use by the time of the Norman Conquest in 1066.

In the 13th century, the name appeared in various forms, such as "Crouche," "Crouche," and "Croch," in records from counties like Somerset, Dorset, and Wiltshire. These variations likely stemmed from different regional pronunciations and spellings.

During the 14th century, the name began to take on its modern spelling of "Crouch." One notable figure from this period was John Crouch, a landowner and member of the gentry in Gloucestershire, who was born around 1320.

In the 16th century, the name Crouch was associated with several prominent individuals, including Sir John Crouch (c. 1520 - 1598), a wealthy merchant and Member of Parliament for the City of London, and Sir Robert Crouch (c. 1555 - 1628), a soldier and naval commander who served under Queen Elizabeth I and King James I.

The 17th century saw the birth of Sir John Crouch (1635 - 1711), a politician and lawyer who served as a judge and Member of Parliament for Yarmouth. Another notable figure from this period was William Crouch (1628 - 1725), an English clergyman and author who wrote several religious works.

In the 18th century, the name Crouch was associated with William Crouch (1708 - 1782), a renowned English actor and theatre manager who owned and operated the Haymarket Theatre in London.

The 19th century brought forth individuals like Alfred Walter Crouch (1857 - 1936), a British journalist and author who wrote extensively about cricket and other sports, and Sir Walter Crouch (1880 - 1964), a British civil servant and diplomat who served as the Governor of Sierra Leone from 1935 to 1941.

Race and ethnic origin of people with the last name Crouch

We also have some data on the ancestry of people with the surname Crouch.

The below race categories are the modified race categories used in the Census Bureau's population estimates program. All people were categorized into six mutually exclusive racial and Hispanic origin groups:

  1. White only
  2. Black only
  3. American Indian and Alaskan Native only
  4. Asian and Pacific Islander only
  5. Hispanic
  6. Two or More Races

For the most recent 2010 census data, the race/ethnic origin breakdown for Crouch was:

Race/Ethnicity Percentage Total Occurrences
Non-Hispanic White Only 90.30% 21,602
Non-Hispanic Black Only 5.38% 1,287
Non-Hispanic Asian and Pacific Islander Only 0.56% 134
Non-Hispanic American Indian and Alaskan Native 0.51% 122
Non-Hispanic of Two or More Races 1.40% 335
Hispanic Origin 1.85% 443

Note: Any fields showing (S) means the data was suppressed for privacy so that the data does not in any way identify any specific individuals.

Since we have data from the previous census in 2000, we can also compare the values to see how the popularity of Crouch has changed in the 10 years between the two census surveys.

2010 2000 Change (%)
White 90.30% 91.44% -1.25%
Black 5.38% 5.10% 5.34%
Asian and Pacific Islander 0.56% 0.46% 19.61%
American Indian and Alaskan Native 0.51% 0.51% 0.00%
Two or More Races 1.40% 1.09% 24.90%
Hispanic 1.85% 1.39% 28.40%

Data source

The last name data and ethnic breakdown of last names is sourced directly from the Decennial Census survey, conducted every 10 years by the United States Census Bureau.

The history and meaning of the name Crouch was researched and written by our team of onomatology and genealogy experts.

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