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The ancestry of the name Croft dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived in the area that was typically referred to as the croft. This was an area of arable land that was located at or near the farmers cottage. The name originates largely from the northern counties of Yorkshire, Cheshire, and Lancashire,

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The surname Croft was first found in Yorkshire and Herefordshire where they held a family seat from early times.

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Croft have been found, including Croft, Crofte, Crofts and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Croft research. Another 257 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1162, 1485, 1658, 1677, 1424, 1590, 1590, 1667, 1624, 1660, 1653, 1656, 1593, 1657, 1624, 1611, 1611, 1677, 1603, 1691, 1651, 1720, 1678 and 1727 are included under the topic Early Croft History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Distinguished members of the family include William Croft, High Sheriff of Herefordshire in 1424; Sir James Croft PC (d. 1590), Lord Deputy of Ireland; Sir Henry Crofts (1590-1667), an English politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1624 and 1660; John Crofts, an English politician, Member of Parliament for...

Another 68 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Croft Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Croft, or a variant listed above:

Croft Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Hen Croft, who arrived in Virginia in 1637
  • Jon Croft, who arrived in Virginia in 1638
  • William Croft who settled in Lynn, in 1650
  • John Croft, who arrived in Virginia in 1664
  • Herbert Croft, who landed in Maryland in 1665
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Croft Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Eliza Croft, who arrived in Virginia in 1702
  • David Croft, who arrived in South Carolina in 1716
  • Edward Croft, who arrived in Virginia in 1718
  • Mich. Croft, who arrived in South Carolina in 1745
  • Michael Croft, who landed in South Carolina in 1745
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Croft Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Samuel Croft, aged 23, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Joseph Croft, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1818
  • William Croft, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1822
  • Eric Croft, who landed in New York in 1847
  • Peter W Croft, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1849
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Croft Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Kate Croft, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907

Croft Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Jane Croft arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Eden" in 1838
  • Edward Croft arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Branken Moor" in 1840
  • John Croft arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Branken Moor" in 1840
  • Elizabeth Croft arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Charles Kerr" in 1840
  • Mary Croft, aged 18, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Agincourt" in 1850
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Croft Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William Croft arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jura" in 1861
  • Mary Croft arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jura" in 1861
  • Harriett Croft arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jura" in 1861
  • Thomas Croft arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jura" in 1861
  • Peter Croft arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alfred" in 1864
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  • Chancy Croft (b. 1937), American politician, Workers' Compensation attorney
  • Mary Jane Croft (1916-1999), American actress
  • William Croft (1677-1727), English organist and composer
  • Sir Herbert Croft (1751-1816), English scholar
  • Darren Croft (b. 1981), Australian ice hockey player
  • Colin Croft, Guyanese cricketer
  • June Alexander Croft (b. 1963), British retired Olympic freestyle swimmer
  • John William Croft (1871-1913), Australian politician
  • Robert Damien Bale Croft (b. 1970), Welsh cricketer
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Croft Historic Events



Halifax Explosion

  • Mr. John Wilfred  Croft (1879-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
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  • by Carol Daun Croft, A Southern Legacy: The House of Cro.
  • by Robert William Croft.
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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: Esse quam videri
Motto Translation: To be, rather than to seem.

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
    2. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    3. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    4. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    5. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
    6. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    7. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    8. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    9. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    10. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
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    The Croft Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Croft Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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