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Cockcroft is a name whose history is connected to the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Cockcroft family once lived in Carcroft, a hamlet in the parish of Owston in Yorkshire.

Cockcroft Early Origins



The surname Cockcroft 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]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

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Cockcroft Spelling Variations


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Cockcroft Spelling Variations



Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Cockcroft family name include Cockcroft, Cocckecroft, Carrecroft, Calcraft, Chalcraft, Choldcorft, Cracroft, Chalcroft and many more.

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Cockcroft Early History


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Cockcroft Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cockcroft research. Another 99 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1379, 1272 and 1764 are included under the topic Early Cockcroft History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Cockcroft Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Cockcroft Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Cockcroft Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Cockcroft surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Cockcroft Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Georg Cockcroft, who landed in Virginia in 1641
  • George Cockcroft who arrived in Virginia in 1641

Cockcroft Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • James Cockcroft who sailed to New York in 1789
  • James Cockcroft, who arrived in New York in 1789

Cockcroft Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • M. T. Cockcroft, aged 40, arrived in New York in 1893 aboard the ship "Umbria" from Liverpool, England [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J61Q-K6J : 6 December 2014), M. T. Cockcroft, 03 Jul 1893; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Umbria, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • Fawer Cockcroft, aged 51, arrived in New York City in 1894 aboard the ship "Kaiser Wilhelm II" from Genoa via Gibraltar [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JX9X-9MC : 6 December 2014), Fawer Cockcroft, 26 Jun 1894; citing departure port Genoa via Gibraltar, arrival port New York City, ship name Kaiser Wilhelm II, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • Rosamond Cockcroft, aged 33, arrived in New York in 1895 aboard the ship "Teutonic" from Liverpool, England [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JXS7-Q48 : 6 December 2014), Rosamond Cockcroft, 01 May 1895; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Teutonic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

Cockcroft Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • George Henry Cockcroft, aged 36, originally from Southport, England, arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Baltic" from Liverpool, England [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6QT-CZ5 : 6 December 2014), George Henry Cockcroft, 22 Mar 1919; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Baltic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • Ada Cockcroft, aged 29, originally from Southport, England, arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Baltic" from Liverpool, England [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6QT-CZR : 6 December 2014), Ada Cockcroft, 22 Mar 1919; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Baltic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • Arthur Cockcroft, aged 30, originally from Bradford, England, arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Imperator" from Southampton, England [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J68M-S57 : 6 December 2014), Arthur Cockcroft, 02 Oct 1920; citing departure port Southampton, arrival port New York, ship name Imperator, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

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Contemporary Notables of the name Cockcroft (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Cockcroft (post 1700)



  • Barry Michael Cockcroft CBE, current Chief Dental Officer (CDO) for England
  • Sir Wilfred Cockcroft (b. 1923), English mathematics educator from the University of Hull, known for his Mathematics Counts Report in 1982, widely known as "The Cockcroft Report"
  • Joe Cockcroft (1911-1994), English footballer
  • Sir John Douglas Cockcroft OM KCB CBE FRS (1897-1967), English nuclear physicist, recipient of the Nobel prize winner for Physics in 1951, first Master of Churchill College, eponym of the Crockcroft lunar crater
  • John R Cockcroft, British Professor of Cardiology at the Heart Research Institute in Cardiff, Wales
  • Barry Cockcroft (1933-2001), British television documentary director, writer and producer
  • John Hoyle Cockcroft (b. 1934), British Conservative politician, Member of Parliament for Nantwich (19741979)
  • Lieutenant-General Colin Cockcroft (1918-1987), South African military commander, Surgeon General from 1969 to 1977

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Citations



  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J61Q-K6J : 6 December 2014), M. T. Cockcroft, 03 Jul 1893; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Umbria, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  3. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JX9X-9MC : 6 December 2014), Fawer Cockcroft, 26 Jun 1894; citing departure port Genoa via Gibraltar, arrival port New York City, ship name Kaiser Wilhelm II, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  4. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JXS7-Q48 : 6 December 2014), Rosamond Cockcroft, 01 May 1895; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Teutonic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  5. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6QT-CZ5 : 6 December 2014), George Henry Cockcroft, 22 Mar 1919; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Baltic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  6. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6QT-CZR : 6 December 2014), Ada Cockcroft, 22 Mar 1919; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Baltic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  7. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J68M-S57 : 6 December 2014), Arthur Cockcroft, 02 Oct 1920; citing departure port Southampton, arrival port New York, ship name Imperator, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

Other References

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  3. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
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  10. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
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