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

The name Crocker is rooted in the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It was originally a name for someone who worked as a grower of saffron, one of the most sought after and expensive spices.


It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Crocker are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Crocker include Croker, Crocker, Croager, Crough, Croaker, Croke and others.

First found in Devon where they held a family seat from very ancient times.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Crocker research. Another 386 words(28 lines of text) covering the year 1275 is included under the topic Early Crocker History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Crocker Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Crocker or a variant listed above:

Crocker Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Alice Crocker, who landed in Virginia in 1620-1621
  • Henery Crocker, who arrived in Virginia in 1620
  • Richard Crocker, who arrived in Virginia in 1623
  • Jone Crocker, who arrived in Virginia in 1624-1625
  • Pascal] Crocker, who landed in Virginia in 1635

Crocker Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Hugh Crocker, aged 20, arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1774

Crocker Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Mr. Crocker, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1822
  • Stephen Crocker, who arrived in New York in 1838
  • George Crocker, who landed in New York in 1841
  • W Crocker, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • P Crocker, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851


  • Harry Crocker (1893-1958), American film star of the 1920s
  • Ian Crocker (b. 1982), American fourteen-time gold medalist swimmer, three-time Olympic champion
  • Ryan Clark Crocker (b. 1949), Career Ambassador within the United States Foreign Service, recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Frankie "Hollywood" Crocker (1937-2000), legendary New York radio DJ inducted into the New York State Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame in 2005
  • Charles Crocker (1822-1888), American railroad executive, founder of Central Pacific Railroad
  • Chester Arthur Crocker (1941-1981), American diplomat, Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs ( 1981 to 1989)
  • William Henry Crocker (1861-1937), American president of Crocker National Bank
  • General Sir John Tredinnick Crocker GCB, KBE, DSO, MC (1896-1963), British Army officer and corps commander during the Second World War
  • Sir Walter Russell Crocker KBE (1902-2002), Australian diplomat and writer
  • Fay Crocker (1914-1983), Uruguayan golfer and the first non-American golfer to win one of the LPGA major golf championships



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Deus alit eos
Motto Translation: God feeds them.


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  6. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  7. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  8. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  9. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  10. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
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The Crocker Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Crocker 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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