Early Origins of the Calcraft family
The surname Calcraft was first found in Hampshire
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held estates in that shire.
Early History of the Calcraft family
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Calcraft Spelling Variations
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 Calcraft were recorded, including Calcraft, Chalcraft, Shalcraft, Chalcroft, Calcroft, Cholcroft, Cholcraft, Shalcraft, Shalcroft, Shallcraft and many more.
Early Notables of the Calcraft family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Calcraft family to the New World and Oceana
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 Calcraft family emigrate to North America: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..
Contemporary Notables of the name Calcraft (post 1700)
- John Calcraft the younger (1765-1831), English landowner and Member of Parliament, Member of Parliament for Wareham (1786–1790), (1800-1801) and (1801-1806), Clerk of the Ordnance (1806-1807) and Paymaster of the Forces (1828–1830)
- John Calcraft the elder (1726-1772), English army agent and politician from Rempstone, Dorset and Ingress, Kent
- William Calcraft (1800-1879), English hangman, one of the most prolific with an estimated 450 executions in his 45-year career (1829-1874)