This unusual name is a German cognate of the Italian personal nickname "corona" meaning "crown", a name originally given to someone who had a tonsure in fulfilment of a religious vow. The name Crone or Krone is well recorded in London Church Registers from the early 17th Century (see below). On April 30th 1763, Elizabeth Crone and Anthony Hilker were married in St. Martin in the Field, Westminster on June 6th 1847 one, Ferdinand Friedrick Heinrick Krone married a Mary Ann Norton at St. Anne, Soho, Westminster. Some families of this name resident in Ireland including the Crones of Doneraile, Co. Cork are of Prussian origin. Daniel Crone of that county appears on a list of Protestant immigrants in the reign of Charles 11 (1660 - 1685). The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of John Crone, son of Thomas Crone, which was dated December 9th 1631, christened at St. Mary Magdalene, Old Fish Street, London, during the reign of King Charles 1, The Martyr 1625 - 1649. 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 spelling.
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