Crocket History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The root of the ancient Dalriadan-Scottish name Crocket is the Gaelic personal name Mac Riociard, which means son of Richard. The Gaelic name is derived from the Germanic words, ric and hard, which mean power, and hardy or brave. Patronyms belong to the category of surnames known as hereditary surnames, and were generally adopted by the son of the bearer of the personal name. In other cases, they were taken from notable religious and secular figures. Members of this family settled in Lanarkshire, Scotland, since before the Norman invasion of 1066.

Early Origins of the Crocket family

The surname Crocket was first found in Lanarkshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Lannraig) a former county in the central Strathclyde region of Scotland, now divided into the Council Areas of North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire, and the City of Glasgow.

Some of the first records include: Huwe Croket of Kameslank (Cambuslang) and William Croketa of Kylbride, Lanarkshire who rendered homage to King Edward I in 1296. "Andrew Crokat was one of the chaplains of Sir James Douglas of Dalkeith and Morton in 1384 and in 1390 one of his executors. Walter Crokat was tenant of Brwnty, 1457, and Thomas Crokkat tenant of Girnal Mill of Kincreach, 1483. " [1]

In England, early records were found in Southamptonshire and Dorset: "William de Cruket, Southamptonshire, 20 Edward I: Placita de Quo Warranto, temp. Edward I-III; Avicia de Cruket, Dorset, Henry III-Edward I: Testa de Nevill, sive Liber Feodorum, temp. Henry III-Edward I.; and Thomas de Cruket, Dorset, ibid." [2]

The family of famed David "Davy" Crockett (1786-1836), American folk hero, frontiersman, soldier, and politician hailed from Ireland.

Important Dates for the Crocket family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Crocket research. Another 83 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1588, 1929, 1903, 1694 and 1715 are included under the topic Early Crocket History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Crocket Spelling Variations

The translation of Gaelic names in the Middle Ages was not a task undertaken with great care. Records from that era show an enormous number of spelling variations, even in names referring to the same person. Over the years Crocket has appeared as Crockatt, Crocket, Crockett and others.

Early Notables of the Crocket family (pre 1700)

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

Migration of the Crocket family to Ireland

Some of the Crocket family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 100 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Crocket migration to the United States

Many settled along the east coast of what would become the United States and Canada. As the American War of Independence broke out, those who remained loyal to the crown went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these hardy Dalriadan-Scottish settlers began to recover their collective history in the 20th century with the advent of the vibrant culture fostered by highland games and Clan societies in North America. Highland games, clan societies, and other organizations generated much renewed interest in Scottish heritage in the 20th century. The Crocket were among the earliest of the Scottish settlers as immigration passenger lists have shown:

Crocket Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Crocket, who settled in South Carolina in 1716
  • Robert Crocket, who settled in Virginia in 1740
  • Robert Crocket, who arrived in Virginia in 1740 [3]
  • Henry Crocket who settled in Maryland in 1775
Crocket Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • David Crocket, who landed in Maryland in 1809 [3]
  • George Crocket, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1811 [3]
  • Samuel Crocket, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1811 [3]
  • Robert Crocket, aged 27, who arrived in Tennessee in 1812 [3]
  • James Crocket, who landed in New York, NY in 1815 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Crocket migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Crocket Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • James and John Crocket, who settled in Saint John Island in 1775

Crocket migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Crocket Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mary Crocket, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Fairfield" in 1840 [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Crocket (post 1700)

  • Robert L. Crocket, American politician, Mayor of Oneida, New York, 1916 [5]

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Citations

  1. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) FAIRFIELD 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Fairfield.htm
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 17) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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