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Cockroft History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The Anglo-Saxon name Cockroft comes from the family having resided in Carcroft, a hamlet in the parish of Owston in Yorkshire.

Early Origins of the Cockroft family


The surname Cockroft 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)

Early History of the Cockroft family


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Cockroft Spelling Variations


Cockroft has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Spelling variants included: Cockcroft, Cocckecroft, Carrecroft, Calcraft, Chalcraft, Choldcorft, Cracroft, Chalcroft and many more.

Early Notables of the Cockroft family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Cockroft family to the New World and Oceana


In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Cockrofts to arrive on North American shores:

Cockroft Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • S. Cockroft, aged 30, originally from London, who arrived in New York in 1892 aboard the ship "Aurania (1883)" from Liverpool, England [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6RS-FZH : 6 December 2014), S. Cockroft, 12 Sep 1892; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Aurania (1883), NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

Cockroft Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Amy Helena Cockroft, aged 33, who arrived in New York City, New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Carmania" from Liverpool, England [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J64B-FT5 : 6 December 2014), Amy Helena Cockroft, 19 Dec 1919; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York City, New York, New York, ship name Carmania, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • Lewis Cockroft, aged 26, originally from Halifax, England, who arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Caronia" from Liverpool, England [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6X4-9Z4 : 6 December 2014), Lewis Cockroft, 15 Aug 1920; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Caronia, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

Cockroft Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Adin Cockroft, aged 24, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Indus" in 1843
  • Hannah Cockroft, aged 21, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Indus" in 1843

Contemporary Notables of the name Cockroft (post 1700)


  • Donald Lee Cockroft (b. 1945), retired American football punter and placekicker
  • Joe Cockroft (1911-1994), English footballer
  • Peter Cockroft (b. 1957), British weather forecaster for the BBC

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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:J6RS-FZH : 6 December 2014), S. Cockroft, 12 Sep 1892; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Aurania (1883), 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:J64B-FT5 : 6 December 2014), Amy Helena Cockroft, 19 Dec 1919; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York City, New York, New York, ship name Carmania, 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:J6X4-9Z4 : 6 December 2014), Lewis Cockroft, 15 Aug 1920; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Caronia, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

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