The present generation of the Croch family is only the most recent to bear a name that dates back to the ancient
culture of Britain. Their name comes from having lived in the parish of Crick, in the diocese of Peterborough. This place-name is derived from the Old English word
which means a creek.
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
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Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Croch include Criche, Crich, Crick, Critch, Creyke, Creik, Criek and many more.
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Croch were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Richard Crich who settled in Virginia in 1635; John Crick who settled in Philadelphia in 1766.