Craft History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

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.

Early Origins of the Craft family

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

Important Dates for the Craft family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Craft research. Another 74 words (5 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.

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.

Early Notables of the Craft family (pre 1700)

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Craft migration to the United States

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 [1]
  • Jon Craft, who arrived in Virginia in 1637 [1]
  • Robert Craft, who arrived in Virginia in 1657 [1]
  • Griffin Craft, who arrived in Roxbury, Massachusetts in 1663 [1]
  • ... (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 [1]
  • Hendk Craft, aged 18, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1748 [1]
  • Hendk Craft, at the age of 18, who landed in Philadelphia in 1748
  • George Mich] Craft, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1765 [1]
Craft Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Alexander Craft, who landed in New York in 1808 [1]
  • Casper Craft, aged 23, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1808 [1]
  • Matthew Craft, who landed in America in 1818 [1]
  • George Craft, who arrived in New York in 1836 [1]
  • John Craft, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Craft migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

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 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Craft (post 1700)

  • William F. Craft, American Republican politician, Member of Wyoming State House of Representatives from Big Horn County, 1965 [3]
  • Shirley Craft, American Republican politician, Candidate for Texas State House of Representatives 69th District, 2004, 2006 [3]
  • R. G. Craft, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Virginia, 1940 [3]
  • Paul Craft, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 2008 [3]
  • Mrs. Lawrence Craft, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1936 [3]
  • Laurence H. Craft, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for U.S. Representative from Michigan 17th District, 1936 [3]
  • Joseph E. Craft, American politician, Mayor of Weston, West Virginia, 1979-80 [3]
  • Joseph A. Craft, American politician, U.S. Collector of Internal Revenue for the 5th Kentucky District, 1909 [3]
  • John D. Craft, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Indiana, 1912 [3]
  • Herman Craft, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Ulster County 2nd District, 1886 [3]
  • ... (Another 14 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Craft family

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 and died in the sinking [4]
HMS Repulse
  • Mr. John Weston Craft, British Stoker 1st Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died in the sinking [5]
USS Arizona
  • Mr. Harley Wade Craft, American Carpenter's Mate Third Class from Oregon, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [6]

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Citations

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ 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
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 27) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  4. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
  5. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
  6. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html
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