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Early Origins of the Chalcraft family

The surname Chalcraft 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 Chalcraft family

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Chalcraft Spelling Variations

Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Chalcraft has undergone many spelling variations, including Calcraft, Chalcraft, Shalcraft, Chalcroft, Calcroft, Cholcroft, Cholcraft, Shalcraft, Shalcroft, Shallcraft and many more.

Early Notables of the Chalcraft family

Distinguished members of the family include

  • the Chalcraft family of Lincolnshire

Migration of the Chalcraft family

To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Chalcraft were among those contributors: 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 Chalcraft (post 1700) +

  • Marie-Louise Chalcraft (b. 1964), birth name of Marie-Louise Jensen, an English children's author
  • Adam Chalcraft, English co-inventor of Penultima is a game of inductive logic, played on a chess board in Cambridge in 1994 on Facebook