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

The ancestry of the name Croft dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived in the area that was typically referred to as the croft. This was an area of arable land that was located at or near the farmers cottage. The name originates largely from the northern counties of Yorkshire, Cheshire, and Lancashire,


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 Croft have been found, including Croft, Crofte, Crofts and others.

First found in Yorkshire and Herefordshire where they held a family seat from early times.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Croft research. Another 257 words(18 lines of text) covering the years 1162, 1485, 1658, 1677, 1590, 1590, 1667, 1624, 1660, 1653, 1656, 1593, 1657, 1624, 1611, 1611, 1677, 1603, 1691, 1651 and 1720 are included under the topic Early Croft History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 193 words(14 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Croft Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


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 Croft, or a variant listed above:

Croft Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Hen Croft, who arrived in Virginia in 1637
  • Jon Croft, who arrived in Virginia in 1638
  • William Croft who settled in Lynn, in 1650
  • Jno Croft, who arrived in Virginia in 1664
  • Herbert Croft, who landed in Maryland in 1665

Croft Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Eliza Croft, who arrived in Virginia in 1702
  • David Croft, who arrived in South Carolina in 1716
  • Edward Croft, who arrived in Virginia in 1718
  • Mich. Croft, who arrived in South Carolina in 1745
  • Michl Croft, who landed in South Carolina in 1745

Croft Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Samuel Croft, aged 23, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Joseph Croft, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1818
  • Wm Croft, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1822
  • Eric Croft, who landed in New York in 1847
  • Peter W Croft, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1849


  • Mary Jane Croft (1916-1999), American actress
  • Chancy Croft (b. 1937), American politician, Workers' Compensation attorney
  • Sir Herbert Croft (1751-1816), English scholar
  • William Croft (1677-1727), English organist and composer
  • Robert Damien Bale Croft (b. 1970), Welsh cricketer
  • John William Croft (1871-1913), Australian politician
  • June Alexander Croft (b. 1963), British retired Olympic freestyle swimmer
  • Colin Croft, Guyanese cricketer
  • Darren Croft (b. 1981), Australian ice hockey player


  • by Carol Daun Croft, A Southern Legacy: The House of Cro.
  • by Robert William Croft.

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: Esse quam videri
Motto Translation: To be, rather than to seem.


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