The ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture once found in Britain is the soil from which the many generations of the Croffut family have grown. The name Croffut was given to a member of the family who was a person with abnormally shaped feet, or a gait resembling that of a crow. Although the Anglo-Saxon
surname Croffut 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 Croffut 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 Croffut family
The surname Croffut 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 Croffut family
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Croffut Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Croffut family name include Crowfoot, Crowfote, Crowfoote, Crowefoot, Crofford, Croford, Croffet, Crofut, Croffut, Crofoot, Croffit, Croffitt and many more.
Early Notables of the Croffut family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Croffut family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Croffut surname or a spelling variation of the name include : 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.
Contemporary Notables of the name Croffut (post 1700)
- Robert M Croffut, American researcher at the Battelle Seattle Research Center, Seattle, Washington
- Dr. William Augustus Croffut (1836-1915), American author of The Vanderbilts and the Story of Their Fortune (1886) and Fifty years in camp and field: diary of Major-General Ethan Allen Hitchcock, U.S.A., (1909)