There is an ancient settlement called Lower Crankan at New Mill in Madron parish which is just a stone's throw from the late Iron Age settlement of Chysauster. Crankan is a family name which appears predominantly in Paul parish records but occasionally in the parish records of Madron and St. Buryan since the late 16th/early 17th century. There was a marriage between Hugo Mortimer and Johanna Cranke at Kilkhampton near Bude in North Cornwall in 1579 and on 2 December 1605 Richard Crankan s/o John was baptised at Paul. The name has also been recorded in parish records as Cranken. The name Crankan/Cranken could possibly have originally been Scottish as Mccranken is a Scottish surname. The name Crankan appears in one of my own family lines where Nicholas Pentreath married Dorothy Crankan at Paul on 3 January 1706.
Last Edit: Dec 11, 2018 5:49:37 GMT -5 by marychown
NICHOLLS-Madron,Zennor,Gulval; THOMAS/CHRISTOPHER/DAVY-Zennor; QUICK-Towednack; JENKIN/POOLEY/LEGGO-Madron; NICHOLLS-Penzance; HILL/CALF/JAGO/FORD-St. Michael's Mount, St. Hilary; BURGE-Breage, Wendron; TUCKER-Wendron; HARVEY/DREW/PEZZACK/TREMBATH/PENDER/PENTREATH/McCLARY/BLEWETT-Mousehole, Paul; BATTEN/JOHNS/ROUFFIGNAC/PADDY/JAMES/SIMONS/WRIGHT/MANN-Newlyn, Paul; OATS-St. Just
I grew up with the idea that my paternal grandfather had no middle name and invented one. That turned out to be untrue. "J J" (Julius/Jules) turned out to be Jacobus Julianus" (grandmother's name Julia thus the Julianus) He was Belgian, and the government changed from time to time with names sometimes in French, so he was was also known as "Gillot." That threw me for a loop.
I consider all possibilities when it comes to names. Many of my more recent relatives were known by their middle names.
Post by Glazin2018 on Dec 11, 2018 14:02:40 GMT -5
It is interesting that the name "Crankan" was not used by Elias in any of the census and it would be fair to wonder if it was ever used following his baptism. It was the Crankan family that introduced the christian name Elias to the Glasson family in this part of Cornwall.