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

The Crockett family history stretches back to the clans of the Dalriadan kingdom on the sea-swept Hebrides islands and mountainous western coast of Scotland. The name Crockett is derived from the Gaelic personal name Mac Riociard, which means son of Richard. The Gaelic name is derived from the Germanic words, ric and hard, which mean power, and hardy or brave. Patronyms belong to the category of surnames known as hereditary surnames, and were generally adopted by the son of the bearer of the personal name. In other cases, they were taken from notable religious and secular figures. Members of this family settled in Lanarkshire, Scotland, since before the Norman invasion of 1066.

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Spelling in the medieval era was a highly imprecise process. Translation, particularly from Gaelic to English, was little better. For these reasons, early Scottish names are rife with spelling variations. In various documents Crockett has been spelled Crocket, Crockett and others.

First found in Lanarkshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Lannraig) a former county in the central Strathclyde region of Scotland, now divided into the Council Areas of North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire, and the City of Glasgow, where they held a family seat from very ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Crockett research. Another 197 words(14 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1 of, 1588 and 1929 are included under the topic Early Crockett History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 35 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Crockett Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Settlers from Scotland put down roots in communities all along the east coast of North America. Some moved north from the American colonies to Canada as United Empire Loyalists during the American War of Independence. As Clan societies and highland games started in North America in the 20th century many Scots rediscovered parts of their heritage. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Crockett were among those contributors:

Crockett Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Thomas Crockett settled in Maine in 1630
  • Thomas Crockett, who arrived in America in 1633
  • Richard Crockett, who arrived in Maryland in 1664

Crockett Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • George Crockett, who landed in America in 1811
  • Robert Crockett, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1811
  • John Crockett, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1811
  • W Crockett, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • Mrs. Crockett, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850


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  • David "Davy" Crockett (1786-1836), American legendary frontiersman and folk hero, known as the "King of the Wild Frontier," he died at the Battle of the Alamo
  • Dick Crockett (1915-1979), American television and film actor, stunt performer, stunt and director
  • Effie Carlton Crockett (1857-1940), American actress
  • AT Crockett, American musician in Maine
  • George Albian Crockett, American composer and concert pianist
  • Brigadier-General James Cave Crockett (1888-1962), American Instructor Command & General Staff School (1939-1941)
  • John Crockett (1754-1794), American frontiersman, soldier, and father of the famed Davy Crockett
  • George William Crockett Jr. (1909-1997), African American attorney, jurist, and congressman from Michigan
  • Donald "Ray" Crockett (b. 1967), former American NFL football player
  • Samuel Rutherford Crockett (1859-1914), Scottish novelist

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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: Tak tent
Motto Translation: Take heed.

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The Crockett Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Crockett 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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