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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.
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, 1593, 1657, 1624, 1611, 1677, 1603, 1691, 1651 and 1720 are included under the topic Early Croft History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 149 words(11 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
Croft Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Croft Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
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.
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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