Crafts History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestry of the name Crafts 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 Crafts family

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

Important Dates for the Crafts family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Crafts 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 Crafts History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Crafts 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 Crafts have been found, including Craft, Crafte, Craftin, Crafton and others.

Early Notables of the Crafts family (pre 1700)

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Crafts 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 Crafts, or a variant listed above:

Crafts Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Griffin Crafts, his wife Alice and their daughter who arrived in Massachusetts in 1630
  • Elizabeth Crafts, who arrived in Maryland in 1661 [1]
  • Peter Crafts, who arrived in Maryland in 1673 [1]
Crafts Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Lydia Crafts, who landed in New England in 1704 [1]
Crafts Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Thomas S Crafts, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 [1]
  • G W Crafts, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]
  • I B Crafts, who arrived in Iowa in 1887 [1]

Crafts migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Crafts Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Samuel Crafts, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749-1752
  • William Crafts, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749-1752

Crafts migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Crafts Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

Crafts migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Crafts Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Horace H. Crafts, aged 25, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rangitikei" in 1884
  • Sarah A. Crafts, aged 23, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rangitikei" in 1884
  • Emma Crafts, aged 2, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rangitikei" in 1884
  • Nellie Crafts, aged 5 mths., who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rangitikei" in 1884

Contemporary Notables of the name Crafts (post 1700)

  • Thomas Crafts, American politician, U.S. Consul in Bordeaux, 1797-99 [3]
  • Samuel Chandler Crafts (1768-1853), American politician, Representative from Vermont, 1817-25; Governor of Vermont, 1828-31; Presidential Elector for Vermont, 1840; U.S. Senator from Vermont, 1842-43 [3]
  • Roswell P. Crafts, American politician, Mayor of Holyoke, Massachusetts, 1877, 1882-83 [3]
  • Lyman A. Crafts, American Republican politician, Member of Massachusetts State House of Representatives Third Franklin District, 1905 [3]
  • Erastus Crafts, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Otsego County, 1809-10, 1812-14 [3]
  • Dale Crafts, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Maine, 2008 [3]
  • Clayton E. Crafts, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1892 [3]
  • Chauncey Crafts, American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Woodbury, 1823 [3]
  • Byron H. Crafts, American Democrat politician, Candidate for supervisor of Leoni Township, Michigan, 1919 [3]
  • Arthur A. Crafts, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Maine, 1932, 1936 (alternate) [3]
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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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. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 17) Adelaide voyage to Van Diemen's Land and Port Phillip, Australia in 1849 with 303 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adelaide/1849
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 27) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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