The ancestors of the Crofte surname lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. The name comes from when they 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
, and Lancashire
Early Origins of the Crofte family
The surname Crofte was first found in Yorkshire
where they held a family seat
from early times.
Early History of the Crofte family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Crofte 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 Crofte History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Crofte 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 Crofte include Croft, Crofte, Crofts and others.
Early Notables of the Crofte family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include William Croft, High Sheriff
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 Crofte Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Crofte family to the New World and Oceana
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: William Croft who settled in Lynn, in 1650. Thomas Croft of Hadley settled there in 1683. George Croft settled in Wickford in 1674. The widow of Thomas Croft in 1704 married an Indian named Samuel Crofoot..
The Crofte 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: Esse quam videri
Motto Translation: To be, rather than to seem.