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The ancestors of the Crafton surname lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. The name comes from when they lived in one of many regions called Grafton The surname Crafton is a habitational surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. The name was derived from the Old English word graf meaning "gorve" and tun meaning "enclosure."

Crafton Early Origins



The surname Crafton was first found in Worcestershire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Crafton Spelling Variations


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Crafton Spelling Variations



Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Crafton include Grafton, Graphton, Graffton and others.

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Crafton Early History


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Crafton Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Crafton research. Another 201 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1198, 1675, 1480, 1511 and 1572 are included under the topic Early Crafton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Crafton Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Crafton Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Crafton 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



A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Crafton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Alexander Crafton, who arrived in Virginia in 1672

Crafton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Davd Crafton, who arrived in Boston in 1765

Crafton Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Walter Crafton, aged 24, who emigrated to the United States from London, England, in 1904
  • Edward Crafton, aged 31, who settled in America from Kilmain, Mays, Ireland, in 1907
  • Thomas Harold Crafton, aged 27, who settled in America from London, England, in 1912
  • John Crafton, aged 61, who landed in America, in 1920
  • Ramon Crafton, aged 28, who emigrated to the United States from Welliaustal, Dutch West Indies, in 1920
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Crafton (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Crafton (post 1700)



  • Eric Crafton (b. 1967), American politician, member of the Metropolitan Council of Nashville and Davidson County, representing the 22nd district
  • Matthew "Matt" Crafton (b. 1976), American race car driver in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series

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Crafton Historic Events


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Crafton Historic Events




RMS Titanic

  • Mr. John Bertram Crafton (d. 1912), aged 59, American First Class passenger from Roachdale, Indiana who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    2. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    3. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    4. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    5. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    6. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    7. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    8. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    9. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    10. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    11. ...

    The Crafton Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Crafton 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.

    This page was last modified on 12 February 2014 at 14:08.

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