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The ancestry of the name Craft dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived in an area that was near the croft.The surname is the northern form of Croft and it's literal meaning is the area of arable land that was located by a cottage that was worked on by the farmer.

Craft Early Origins



The surname Craft was first found in Essex, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

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Craft Spelling Variations


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Craft 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 Craft have been found, including Craft, Crafte, Craftin, Crafton and others.

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Craft Early History


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Craft Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Craft research. Another 147 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1185, 1213, 1222, 1275, 1283, 1620 and 1786 are included under the topic Early Craft History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Craft Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Craft Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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 Craft, or a variant listed above:

Craft Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Bridget Craft who arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • Bridgett Craft, who landed in Virginia in 1636
  • Jon Craft, who arrived in Virginia in 1637
  • Robert Craft, who arrived in Virginia in 1657
  • Griffin Craft, who arrived in Roxbury, Massachusetts in 1663
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Craft Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Michael Craft, who arrived in South Carolina in 1745
  • Hendk Craft, aged 18, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1748
  • Hendk Craft, at the age of 18, landed in Philadelphia in 1748
  • George Mich] Craft, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1765

Craft Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Alexander Craft, who landed in New York in 1808
  • Casper Craft, aged 23, landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1808
  • Matthew Craft, who landed in America in 1818
  • George Craft, who arrived in New York in 1836
  • John Craft, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Craft Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Jacob Craft, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749-1752
  • William Craft, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Mr. John Craft U.E. who settled in Carleton [Saint John City], New Brunswick c. 1783 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

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Contemporary Notables of the name Craft (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Craft (post 1700)



  • Robert Lawson Craft (1923-2015), American conductor and writer, a close friend and collaborator with Igor Stravinsky
  • George Craft, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Gloucester County, 1880-81
  • Ella Craft, American Democrat politician, Member of Michigan Democratic State Central Committee, 1937-39; Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1940
  • Andrew Craft, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from New York County 8th District, 1861
  • George A. Craft, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Missouri State Senate 7th District, 1964
  • Herman Craft, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Ulster County 2nd District, 1886
  • John D. Craft, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Indiana, 1912
  • Joseph A. Craft, American politician, U.S. Collector of Internal Revenue for the 5th Kentucky District, 1909
  • Joseph E. Craft, American politician, Mayor of Weston, West Virginia, 1979-80
  • Laurence H. Craft, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for U.S. Representative from Michigan 17th District, 1936
  • ... (Another 13 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Craft Historic Events


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Craft Historic Events




HMS Hood

  • Mr. Thomas E Craft (b. 1899), English Able Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Canning Town, London, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. John Weston Craft, British Stoker 1st Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking

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Suggested Readings for the name Craft


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Suggested Readings for the name Craft



  • Our Washburn Heritage: Including Allied Lines Carpenter, Craft, Dickinson, Noble, Rogers.

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Craft Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  2. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  3. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  5. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  6. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  7. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  8. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  9. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  10. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
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The Craft Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Craft Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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