Show ContentsCrockwell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Crockwell is an Anglo-Saxon name. The name was originally given to a "grower of saffron," one of the most sought after and expensive spices. Alternatively, the name could have been from an occupation as in "the crocker," a potter, a maker of crocks, From Middle English word "crokke," an earthen pitcher. [1]

Early Origins of the Crockwell family

The surname Crockwell was first found in Devon where the first record of the family was John le Crochere recorded during the reign of Henry III - Edward I. "By tradition, Crocker is one of the most ancient of Devonshire names. " [2] "Lyneham, for nearly four centuries, was the seat of the great Devonshire family of Crocker. In Yealmpton Church is one of the finest brasses in the county, to Sir John Crocker of Lyneham, cupbearer to Edward IV." [3]

Later the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 listed Simon le Crockere and William Crockare in Oxfordshire and the Writs of Parliament in 1301 listed John le Crokere. [1]

Hotten's Lists of Emigrants has some early entries for the surname in the United States: 'Richard Crocker, a child, living in Virginia, 1623' and 'Henry Crocker came to Virginia in the Abigail, 1620.'

Other early entries for the family include some early Latin versions: Helias de Creuequor in the Pipe Rolls of Suffolk in 1158; Robert de Creuequoer in the 1195 Pipe Rolls for Kent; Robert de Crouequoer, again in Kent in 1200; Rainald and Alexander Creuker in the Feet of Fines for Lincolnshire in 1212 and finally, Robert de Crequer in Cheshire in 1284. [4]

The fictional Betty Crocker was used in advertising campaigns for food and recipes for the Washburn-Crosby Company in 1921. Apparently the name "Betty was selected because it was viewed as a cheery, All-American name. It was paired with the last name Crocker, in honor of William Crocker, a Washburn Crosby Company director." The brand was later bought by General Mills in 1954.

Early History of the Crockwell family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Crockwell research. Another 260 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1275, 1641, 1670, 1741 and 1670 are included under the topic Early Crockwell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Crockwell 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 Crockwell has appeared include Croker, Crocker, Croager, Crough, Croaker, Croke and others.

Early Notables of the Crockwell family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include John (Johann) Croker (1670-1741), a well-known engraver of English coins and medals, of German origin, born at Dresden 21 Oct. 1670. "His father, who...
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United States Crockwell migration to the United States +

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 Crockwell arrived in North America very early:

Crockwell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • J.C. Crockwell, aged 38, who landed in America, in 1894
Crockwell Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Maggie Crockwell, aged 15, who immigrated to the United States from Drapenstown, in 1902
  • Mrs. A. Crockwell, aged 40, who settled in America, in 1902
  • Lawrence Crockwell, aged 26, who settled in America from St. John's, Newfoundland in 1905
  • Lillian C. Crockwell, aged 40, who landed in America, in 1909

Contemporary Notables of the name Crockwell (post 1700) +

  • Leslie Horace William Crockwell (1887-1961), English cricketer from Newton Abbot, Devon
  • Carlyle McNeil Eugene Crockwell MBE (1932-2015), FIFA-certified Bermudian football referee
  • Mikkail Crockwell (b. 1990), Bermudian footballer
  • Fiqre Salassie Crockwell (b. 1985), Bermudian cricketer

The Crockwell 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: Deus alit eos
Motto Translation: God feeds them.

  1. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  3. Worth, R.N., A History of Devonshire London: Elliot Stock, 62, Paternoster Row, E.G., 1895. Digital
  4. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X) on Facebook