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Where did the English Crowfoot family come from? What is the English Crowfoot family crest and coat of arms? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Crowfoot family history?

The name Crowfoot comes from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It was a name for a person with abnormally shaped feet, or a gait resembling that of a crow. Although the Anglo-Saxon surname Crowfoot may sound like a Native American name, it is derived from the Old English words crawe or crawa, which mean crow, and fot, which means foot. However, the Old English phrase crou-fot was also a name for the buttercup. Moreover, the surname Crowfoot may in some cases be derived from the name of the settlement of Crawford, which was in the Scottish county of Lanark.

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Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Crowfoot has undergone many spelling variations, including Crowfoot, Crowfote, Crowfoote, Crowefoot, Crofford, Croford, Croffet, Crofut, Croffut, Crofoot, Croffit, Croffitt and many more.

First found in Suffolk where they held a family seat. From their early beginnings, for the next few centuries, the family name also acquired other estates or manors as branches established themselves throughout England. The major conflicts of the eras, such as the War of the Roses, the English Reformation, and the English Civil War sometimes found them to be in opposing camps, with conflicting interests. Although this name may sound like an Indian name to North Americans it has its roots in Suffolk.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Crowfoot research. Another 213 words(15 lines of text) covering the years 1524 and 1736 are included under the topic Early Crowfoot History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Crowfoot were among those contributors:

Crowfoot Settlers in the 19th Century


  • John Crowfoot, aged 26, a bricklayer, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Caroline"
  • Lewis W. Crowfoot, who settled in Michigan in 1878
  • A. Crowfoot, aged 21, who landed in America, in 1894
  • William Crowfoot, aged 34, who landed in America, in 1894
  • Harry Crowfoot, aged 24, who landed in America, in 1895


Crowfoot Settlers in the 20th Century


  • Charles Crowfoot, aged 43, who emigrated to America from Southampton, in 1905
  • Elizabeth Crowfoot, aged 60, who emigrated to the United States from Lightcliffe, England, in 1909
  • Edith Crowfoot, aged 26, who landed in America from London, England, in 1913

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  • Bert Crowfoot, Canadian journalist, photographer


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