name Bankroft comes from when the family resided at or near an enclosure at a slope deriving its origin from the Old English phrase of the bank-croft.
Early Origins of the Bankroft family
The surname Bankroft 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 Bankroft family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bankroft 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 Bankroft History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Bankroft Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations
are common among early Anglo-Saxon
names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Bankroft has been recorded under many different variations, including Bancroft, Bancrofte, Bamcroft and others.
Early Notables of the Bankroft 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 Bankroft Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Bankroft family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England
made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Bankroft or a variant listed above:
Bankroft Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Thomas Bankroft, who landed in Maryland in 1670 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)