The name Bamcroft is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family lived at or near an enclosure at a slope deriving its origin from the Old English phrase of the bank-croft.
Early Origins of the Bamcroft family
The surname Bamcroft was first found in Cheshire
and south east Lancashire
in the vicinity of Manchester where William and Henry Bancroft established estates, and erected monuments to the Bancrofts at various locations. Early records revealed that Bancroft was located "near Warrington, Cheshire" and the family were "a branch of the Lords of Boteler of Warrington." CITATION[CLOSE]
The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
Whilst this ancient local
has been lost, today there is a Bancroft in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
but this is a recent residential district.
Early History of the Bamcroft family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bamcroft research.Another 75 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1600, 1544, 1610, 1604, 1596, 1658, 1613 and 1696 are included under the topic Early Bamcroft History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Bamcroft Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Bamcroft has been spelled many different ways, including Bancroft, Bancrofte, Bamcroft and others.
Early Notables of the Bamcroft family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Richard Bancroft (1544-1610), Archbishop of Canterbury in 1604, supervised the production of the authorized version of the Bible; Thomas Bancroft (ca. 1596-1658), a minor 17th-century... Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bamcroft Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Bamcroft family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Bamcrofts to arrive in North America: John Bancroft who settled in Lynn Massachusetts in 1632; another John and Jane settled in Boston Massachusetts in the same year.