The ancestors of the bearers of the Crafter family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England
. They were first found 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 Crafter family
The surname Crafter was first found in Essex
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Crafter family
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Crafter Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Crafter include Craft, Crafte, Craftin, Crafton and others.
Early Notables of the Crafter family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Crafter family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Crafter or a variant listed above:
Crafter Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- William Crafter, who arrived in Virginia in 1727
- John Crafter, who settled in Maryland in 1766
Crafter Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Henry P. Crafter, aged 22, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Warren Hastings"
- Charles Crafter, aged 31, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Bee"
Historic Events for the Crafter family
- Mr. Frederick Crafter, aged 27, English Saloon Steward from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking by escaping in life boat 15 CITATION[CLOSE]
Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html