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."
Early Origins of the Crafton family
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.
Early History of the Crafton family
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Crafton Spelling Variations
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.
Early Notables of the Crafton family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Crafton family to the New World and Oceana
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
Crafton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Crafton Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name Crafton (post 1700)
Historic Events for the Crafton family
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