Croftane History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The name Croftane is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family lived as dwellers by a croft or small farm or enclosure. The surname Croftane originally derived from croeft, an Old English word for a small farm. 
Early Origins of the Croftane family
The surname Croftane was first found in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273. These early rolls included: Richard de Crofton and Robert de Crofton in Buckinghamshire as both holding lands that at that time. 
Later the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 listed Robertus de Croftone; Agnes de Crofton; and Thomas de Crofton.
Early History of the Croftane family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Croftane research. Another 63 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1626, 1672, 1657, 1661, 1232, 1586, 1585, 1690, 1671, 1734, 1842 and 1911 are included under the topic Early Croftane History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Croftane Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Croftane has been spelled many different ways, including Crofton, Croftone, Crofden, Croften and others.
Early Notables of the Croftane family (pre 1700)
Another 49 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Croftane Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Croftane family to Ireland
Some of the Croftane family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Migration of the Croftane family
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Croftanes to arrive in North America: Phillip Crofton who settled in Philadelphia in 1869; Thomas Crofton settled in Philadelphia in 1850.
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: Dat deus incrementum
Motto Translation: God gives increase.