Last name origins & meanings:
- English and Scottish: from Middle English crabbe, Old
English crabba ‘crab’ (the crustacean), a nickname for someone
with a peculiar gait.
- English and Scottish: from Middle English
crabbe ‘crabapple (tree)’ (probably of Old Norse origin),
hence a topographic name for someone who lived by a crabapple
tree. It may also have been a nickname for a cantankerous person, a
sense which developed primarily from this word, with reference to the
sourness of the fruit, but may also have been influenced by the
awkward-seeming locomotion of the crustacean.
spelling of German, Dutch, and Danish Krabbe.
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