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The origins of the Bancroft name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It comes from when the family lived at or near an enclosure at a slope deriving its origin from the Old English phrase of the bank-croft.

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The surname Bancroft 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." [1]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.

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Bancroft were recorded, including Bancroft, Bancrofte, Bamcroft and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bancroft 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 Bancroft History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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 Bancroft Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Bancroft family emigrate to North America:

Bancroft Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Bancroft who settled in Lynn Massachusetts in 1632
  • John and Jane Bancroft settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1632
  • John Bancroft, who arrived in Lynn, Massachusetts in 1632
  • Roger Bancroft, who arrived in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1636
  • William Bancroft, who arrived in Virginia in 1640
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Bancroft Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Richard Bancroft arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hooghly" in 1848

Bancroft Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Bridget Bancroft, aged 21, a housemaid, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rangitikei" in 1884
  • Alfred Bancroft, aged 1, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rangitikei" in 1884
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  • George Bancroft (1800-1891), American historian, statesman, and Secretary of the Navy (1845-1846)
  • Dave Bancroft (1891-1972), American baseball player and member of the Baseball Hall of Fame
  • Edward Bancroft (1744-1821), American double agent in the American Revolutionary War
  • Edgar S. Bancroft, American politician, Burgess of Darby, Pennsylvania, 1937
  • Edgar Addison Bancroft (1857-1925), American Republican politician,Presidential Elector for Illinois, 1888; U.S. Ambassador to Japan, 1924-25
  • Dorothy Bancroft, American Republican politician, Member of New York Republican State Committee, 1961
  • Charles C. Bancroft, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Massachusetts, 1900
  • Fred A. Bancroft, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Portland, Oregon, 1903-04
  • George Bancroft (1800-1891), American Democrat politician, U.S. Collector of Customs, 1832-34; U.S. Secretary of the Navy, 1845-46; U.S. Minister to Great Britain, 1846-49; Prussia, 1867-71; Germany, 1871-74
  • Horace H. Bancroft, American Republican politician, Member of Illinois Republican State Central Committee, 1925; Candidate for U.S. Representative from Illinois 20th District, 1926; Speaker, Republican National Convention, 1928
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Bancroft Historic Events



RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. William Blanchard Bancroft Jr., American 2nd Class passenger from New York, New York, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
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Citations



  1. ^ 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)

Other References

  1. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  2. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  3. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  4. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  5. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  6. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  7. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  8. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  9. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
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The Bancroft Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bancroft 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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