This is an English locational surname. It originates from the ancient village of Crudgington in the county of Shropshire. The place is first recorded in the year 1231 as Crugetone, and later as Crugelton. According to the Dictionary of English Place Names, the meaning is 'the village (tun) by the hill-hill', from the fused form of the Olde English pre 7th century words 'cryc. This translates as a hill or top of a hill, and to this was originally added the word 'hyll', perhaps because they forgot the meaning of the original name, and the popular word 'tun' meaning a farm or hamlet and much later a town. Apparently according to the English Place Names dictionary, the village is not actually on a hill at all, but on the level, although it is said that there is hill not very far away. Locational surnames are usually 'from' names. That is to say names given to people after they left their original village to move somewhere else. This name is well recorded in Shropshire and particularly at the village of Worfield. It is also well recorded in the diocese of Greater London, as one would expect. Examples of early recordings include Roger Croginton at Worfield on September 15th 1583, Robert Crudginton also at Worfield, on November 17th 1663, and Robert Crudington at St Giles Cripplegate in the city of London, on July 3rd 1706.
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