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  • Alfred Harris Crowninshield (1871 - 1944)
    From the Crowninshield Family History: Alfred H., son of Samuel T. and Maria (Streeter) Crowninshield, lived in Hinsdale, then to the Stillman Clark farm in Jamaica; removed to the Village 15 May 1...
  • Rear Admiral Arent S. Crowninshield (1843 - 1908)
    Arent Schuyler Crowninshield (March 14, 1843–May 27, 1908) was an rear admiral of the United States Navy. He saw combat during the Civil War, and after the war held high commands both afloat and asho...
  • Benjamin Crowninshield, U.S. Secretary of the Navy (1772 - 1851)
    Benjamin Williams Crowninshield (December 27, 1772 – February 3, 1851) served as the United States Secretary of the Navy between 1815 and 1818, during the administrations of Presidents James Madison ...
  • David Crowninshield (1766 - 1812)
    David Crowninshield was a public official, businessman, and early settler of Hinsdale, New Hampshire. Early Life Crowninshield was born on February 18, 1766 in Wrentham, Massachusetts. His father, ...
  • David Crowninshield (1764 - 1764)

About the Crowninshield surname

Crowninshield, along with its less-common variant Crowningshield, is a surname used by descendants of Dr. Johannes Kaspar Richter von Kronenschieldt II, a Danish-German doctor who arrived in Boston in 1688 and became the progenitor of one of the city's most socially-prominent families.

The name "von Kronenschieldt" means "of Kronenschieldt." "Kronenschieldt" itself roughly translates as "crown in/on shield." (The Crowninshield coat of arms features, fittingly enough, a crown on a shield.) Kronenschieldt was a village outside of Leipzig, Germany where the Richter family of Denmark (originally Sweden) had settled during the Thirty Years' War.