Croffitt History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The earliest origins of the family name Croffitt date back to the Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It was a name given to a person with abnormally shaped feet, or a gait resembling that of a crow. [1]

Although the Anglo-Saxon surname Croffitt may sound like a Native American name, it is derived from the Old English words crawe or crawa, which mean crow, and fot, which means foot. However, the Old English phrase crou-fot was also a name for the buttercup. Moreover, the surname Croffitt may in some cases be derived from the name of the settlement of Crawford, which was in the Scottish county of Lanark. [2]

Early Origins of the Croffitt family

The surname Croffitt 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 Croffitt family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Croffitt research. Another 29 words (2 lines of text) covering the years 1524, 1736, 1817 and 1875 are included under the topic Early Croffitt History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Croffitt Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Croffitt include Crowfoot, Crowfote, Crowfoote, Crowefoot, Crofford, Croford, Croffet, Crofut, Croffut, Crofoot, Croffit, Croffitt and many more.

Early Notables of the Croffitt family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Croffitt family

A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: Elizab Crofford, who arrived in Virginia in 1652; Anne Crofford, who settled in Virginia in 1728; Elizabeth Crofford, who came to Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1768.



  1. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  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)


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