Cricket is an ancient Norman name that arrived in England
after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Cricket family lived in Oxfordshire
. The family originally lived in Criquetot-Sur-Longueville, Normandy
, and it is from this location that their name derives
Early Origins of the Cricket family
The surname Cricket was first found in Oxfordshire
where they held a family seat
from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy
, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Cricket family
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Cricket Spelling Variations
Endless spelling variations
are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Cricket, Crickett, Critchett, Critchet, Cricketot and others.
Early Notables of the Cricket family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Cricket family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious persecution within England
at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Cricket or a variant listed above:
Cricket Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Dav Cricket, who landed in America in 1806 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
- David and Thomas Cricket, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1814