Origins Available: English, German
Anglo-Saxon name Crafte comes from when the family resided 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 Crafte family
Essex, where they held a family seat from ancient times.
Early History of the Crafte family
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Crafte Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Crafte has been recorded under many different variations, including Craft, Crafte, Craftin, Crafton and others.
Early Notables of the Crafte family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Crafte family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Crafte or a variant listed above: Griffin Crafts, his wife Alice Crafts and their daughter who arrived in Massachusetts in 1630; Bridget Craft who arrived in Virginia in 1635; Thomas Craftin, who arrived in Virginia in 1637.
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