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Where did the English Bancrofte family come from? What is the English Bancrofte family crest and coat of arms? When did the Bancrofte family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Bancrofte family history?

The ancestry of the name Bancrofte dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived at or near an enclosure at a slope deriving its origin from the Old English phrase of the bank-croft.

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Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Bancrofte have been found, including Bancroft, Bancrofte, Bamcroft and others.

First found in Cheshire and south east Lancashire in the vicinity of Manchester where William and Henry Bancroft established estates, and erected monuments to the Bancrofts at various locations.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bancrofte research. Another 75 words(5 lines of text) covering the years 1600, 1544, 1610, 1604, 1596, 1658, 1613 and 1696 are included under the topic Early Bancrofte History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 109 words(8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bancrofte Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Bancrofte, or a variant listed above: John Bancroft who settled in Lynn Massachusetts in 1632; another John and Jane settled in Boston Massachusetts in the same year.

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The Bancrofte Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bancrofte Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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