Crochet History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Crochet is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when the family lived near a crossroads. During the Middle Ages, such intersections were important as market places and centers of trade. The surname Crochet is derived from the Old English word cruc, which means cross. The name belongs to the class of topographic surnames, which were given to people who resided near physical features such as hills, streams, churches, or types of trees.

Early Origins of the Crochet family

The surname Crochet was first found in Essex, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the Crochet family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Crochet research. Another 45 words (3 lines of text) covering the years 1255, 1260, 1273, and 1327 are included under the topic Early Crochet History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Crochet Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Crochet are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Crochet include: Crotchman, Crouchman, Crucheman, Crocheman and many more.

Early Notables of the Crochet family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Crochet Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Crochet migration to the United States +

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Crochet or a variant listed above:

Crochet Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Nicolas Crochet, who settled in Louisiana in 1719
  • Nicolas Crochet, who arrived in Louisiana in 1719 [1]
  • Pelagic Benoit Crochet, aged 44, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1785 [1]
  • Yves Crochet, who settled in New Orleans in 1785
  • Pelagie Benoit Crochet, who arrived in New Orleans in 1785
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Crochet (post 1700) +

  • Évelyne Crochet (b. 1934), French-born, American classical pianist, born in Paris


  1. ^ 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)


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