Croche History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The ancient roots of the Croche family name are in the Anglo-Saxon culture. The name Croche comes from when the family lived in the parish of Crick, in the diocese of Peterborough. This place-name is derived from the Old English word creke, which means a creek.
Early Origins of the Croche family
The surname Croche was first found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Croche family
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Croche Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Croche has appeared include Criche, Crich, Crick, Critch, Creyke, Creik, Criek and many more.
Early Notables of the Croche family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Croche family
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Croche arrived in North America very early: Richard Crich who settled in Virginia in 1635; John Crick who settled in Philadelphia in 1766.
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