The Norman Conquest
in 1066 added many new elements to an already vibrant culture. Among these were thousands of new names. The Crickette 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 Crickette family
The surname Crickette 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 Crickette family
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Crickette Spelling Variations
Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Cricket, Crickett, Critchett, Critchet, Cricketot and others.
Early Notables of the Crickette family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Crickette family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World 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 stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Crickette or a variant listed above: Mary Critchet who arrived in Virginia in 1729; and David and Thomas Cricket arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1814.