Croftant History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The ancestors of the Croftant surname lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. The name comes from when they lived as dwellers by a croft or small farm or enclosure. The surname Croftant originally derived from croeft, an Old English word for a small farm. 
Early Origins of the Croftant family
The surname Croftant 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 Croftant family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Croftant 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 Croftant History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Croftant 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 Croftant include Crofton, Croftone, Crofden, Croften and others.
Early Notables of the Croftant family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Croftant family to Ireland
Some of the Croftant family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 452 words (32 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Croftant 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: Phillip Crofton who settled in Philadelphia in 1869; Thomas Crofton settled in Philadelphia in 1850.
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The Croftant Motto +
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.
- ^ Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York: Harper & Row, 1956. Print
- ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)