Cochcroft History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestry of the name Cochcroft dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived in Carcroft, a hamlet in the parish of Owston in Yorkshire.

Early Origins of the Cochcroft family

The surname Cochcroft 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." [1]

Early History of the Cochcroft family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cochcroft research. Another 50 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1379, 1272 and 1764 are included under the topic Early Cochcroft History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Cochcroft Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Cochcroft have been found, including Cockcroft, Cocckecroft, Carrecroft, Calcraft, Chalcraft, Choldcorft, Cracroft, Chalcroft and many more.

Early Notables of the Cochcroft family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Cochcroft family

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Cochcroft, or a variant listed above: George Cockcroft who arrived in Virginia in 1641; and James Cockcroft who sailed to New York in 1789.



  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)


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