Of all the Anglo-Saxon
names to come from Britain, Crocforthay is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in Crockford, a remote village in the county of Oxford. This place-name is derived from the Old English word Cocford,
which referred to those individuals who lived by the ford of potters.
Early Origins of the Crocforthay family
The surname Crocforthay was first found in Surrey
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times.
Early History of the Crocforthay family
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Crocforthay Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Crocforthay has been spelled many different ways, including Crockford, Crockfords, Crocford, Crochford and many more.
Early Notables of the Crocforthay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Crocforthay family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Crocforthays to arrive in North America: James Crockford who landed in Boston, Massachusetts, in the year 1651; and started a family from which many of the North American Crockfords are descended. Another John Crockford landed in 1750..