Show ContentsCrockett History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Crockett family history stretches back to the clans of the Dalriadan kingdom on the sea-swept Hebrides islands and mountainous western coast of Scotland. The name Crockett is derived from 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 Crockett family

The surname Crockett 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 3

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

Early History of the Crockett family

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

Crockett Spelling Variations

Spelling in the medieval era was a highly imprecise process. Translation, particularly from Gaelic to English, was little better. For these reasons, early Scottish names are rife with spelling variations. In various documents Crockett has been spelled Crockatt, Crocket, Crockett and others.

Early Notables of the Crockett family

Notable amongst the family at this time was

  • Blessed Ralph Crockett (executed 1588), an English Roman Catholic priest from Barton, Cheshire, Catholic martyr, beatified in 1929

Crockett Ranking

In the United States, the name Crockett is the 1,241st most popular surname with an estimated 24,870 people with that name. 4

Ireland Migration of the Crockett family to Ireland

Some of the Crockett 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.

United States Crockett migration to the United States +

Settlers from Scotland put down roots in communities all along the east coast of North America. Some moved north from the American colonies to Canada as United Empire Loyalists during the American War of Independence. As Clan societies and highland games started in North America in the 20th century many Scots rediscovered parts of their heritage. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Crockett were among those contributors:

Crockett Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Crockett, who settled in Maine in 1630
  • Thomas Crockett, who arrived in America in 1633 5
  • Richard Crockett, who arrived in Maryland in 1664 5
Crockett Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • George Crockett, who landed in America in 1811 5
  • Robert Crockett, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1811 5
  • John Crockett, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1811 5
  • Mrs. Crockett, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 5
  • W Crockett, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 5
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Crockett migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Crockett Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • John, Crockett Jr., who landed in Nova Scotia in 1783

Australia Crockett migration to Australia +

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

Crockett Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Crockett who was convicted in Hertfordshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Dick" on 2nd October 1820, arriving in New South Wales, Australia 6
  • Mr. William Crockett, (b. 1808), aged 19, English weaver who was convicted in Worcestershire, England for 7 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Florentia" on 14th August 1827, arriving in New South Wales, Australia 7
  • Mr. Richard Crockett who was convicted in Buckinghamshire, England for life, transported aboard the "Circassian" on 4th November 1832, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) 8
  • Edward Crockett, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Poictiers" in 1848 9
  • John Crockett, aged 37, a miner, who arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Magdalena" 10

New Zealand Crockett migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Crockett Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • John Crockett, aged 22, a farm labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Arethusa" in 1879
  • Joseph Crockett, aged 20, a farm labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Arethusa" in 1879
  • Hugh Crockett, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Brahmin" in 1883

Contemporary Notables of the name Crockett (post 1700) +

  • David "Davy" Crockett (1786-1836), American legendary frontiersman and folk hero, known as the "King of the Wild Frontier," he died at the Battle of the Alamo
  • George William Crockett Jr. (1909-1997), American attorney, jurist, and congressman from Michigan
  • James Allen "Jim" Crockett Jr. (1944-2021), American professional wrestling promoter
  • Kennedy McCampbell Crockett (b. 1920), American diplomat who was the United States Ambassador to Nicaragua from 1967 to 1970
  • Donald "Ray" Crockett (b. 1967), former American NFL football player
  • John Crockett (1754-1794), American frontiersman, soldier, and father of the famed Davy Crockett
  • Brigadier-General James Cave Crockett (1888-1962), American Instructor Command & General Staff School (1939-1941) 11
  • George Albian Crockett, American composer and concert pianist
  • AT Crockett, American musician in Maine
  • Effie Carlton Crockett (1857-1940), American actress
  • ... (Another 7 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Royal Oak
  • John Stanley Crockett (d. 1939), British Leading Stoker with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak (1939) when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking 12

The Crockett Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Tak tent
Motto Translation: Take heed.

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  2. Testa de Nevill or "Liber Feodorum" or "Book of Fees," thought to have been written by Ralph de Nevill, for King John (1199–1216)
  3. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
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  9. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) POICTIERS 1848. Retrieved from
  10. South Australian Register Friday 26th August 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Magdalena 1853. Retrieved
  11. Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, November 23) James Crockett. Retrieved from
  12. Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from on Facebook