The name Carecroft is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family lived in Carcroft, a hamlet in the parish of Owston in Yorkshire.
Early Origins of the Carecroft family
The surname Carecroft was first found in South Yorkshire
, at Carcroft, a rural village part of the Metropolitan Borough of Doncaster. The earliest record of the village was in the 12th century when it was listed as Kercroft and literally meant "enclosure near the marsh" having derived from the Old Scandinavian word "kjarr" + and the Old English word "croft." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Early History of the Carecroft family
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Carecroft 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. Carecroft has been spelled many different ways, including Cockcroft, Cocckecroft, Carrecroft, Calcraft, Chalcraft, Choldcorft, Cracroft, Chalcroft and many more.
Early Notables of the Carecroft family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Carecroft 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 Carecrofts to arrive in North America: George Cockcroft who arrived in Virginia in 1641; and James Cockcroft who sailed to New York in 1789.