The name Bangcroft is of Anglo-Saxon
origin and came 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.
Early Origins of the Bangcroft family
The surname Bangcroft 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 Bangcroft family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bangcroft 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 Bangcroft History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Bangcroft Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Bangcroft are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Bangcroft include: Bancroft, Bancrofte, Bamcroft and others.
Early Notables of the Bangcroft 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 Bangcroft Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Bangcroft family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Bangcroft or a variant listed above: John Bancroft who settled in Lynn Massachusetts in 1632; another John and Jane settled in Boston Massachusetts in the same year.