Croff is a name of Anglo-Saxon
origin. It was a name given to a person with abnormally shaped feet, or a gait resembling that of a crow. Although the Anglo-Saxon
surname Croff may sound like a Native American name, it is derived from the Old English words crawe
which mean crow,
which means foot.
However, the Old English phrase crou-fot
was also a name for the buttercup. Moreover, the surname Croff may in some cases be derived from the name of the settlement of Crawford, which was in the Scottish county of Lanark.
Early Origins of the Croff family
The surname Croff was first found in Suffolk
where they held a family seat
. From their early beginnings, for the next few centuries, the family name also acquired other estates or manors as branches established themselves throughout England
. The major conflicts of the eras, such as the War of the Roses, the English Reformation
, and the English Civil War sometimes found them to be in opposing camps, with conflicting interests. Although this name may sound like an Indian name to North Americans it has its roots in Suffolk.
Early History of the Croff family
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Croff Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon
surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Croff were recorded, including Crowfoot, Crowfote, Crowfoote, Crowefoot, Crofford, Croford, Croffet, Crofut, Croffut, Crofoot, Croffit, Croffitt and many more.
Early Notables of the Croff family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Croff family to the New World and Oceana
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Croff family emigrate to North America:
Croff Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Mrs. Croff, who arrived in Georgia in 1741 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Croff Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Charles Croff, who settled in Ontario in 1871