The Cockraft name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. Their name comes from having lived in Carcroft, a hamlet in the parish of Owston in Yorkshire.
Early Origins of the Cockraft family
The surname Cockraft 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 Cockraft family
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Cockraft 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 Cockraft has undergone many spelling variations
, including Cockcroft, Cocckecroft, Carrecroft, Calcraft, Chalcraft, Choldcorft, Cracroft, Chalcroft and many more.
Early Notables of the Cockraft family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Cockraft family to the New World and Oceana
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 Cockraft were among those contributors: George Cockcroft who arrived in Virginia in 1641; and James Cockcroft who sailed to New York in 1789.