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The Anglo-Saxon name Crofts comes from when the family resided 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,

Crofts Early Origins



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

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Crofts Spelling Variations


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Crofts Spelling Variations



The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Crofts has been recorded under many different variations, including Croft, Crofte, Crofts and others.

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Crofts Early History


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Crofts Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Crofts 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 Crofts History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Crofts Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Crofts Early Notables (pre 1700)



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 Crofts Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Crofts or a variant listed above:

Crofts Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Ann Crofts, aged 16, landed in Virginia in 1635
  • John Crofts, aged 30, arrived in Barbados in 1635
  • Anne Crofts, who arrived in Virginia in 1653
  • Ja Crofts, who landed in Virginia in 1654
  • Nathaniel Crofts, who arrived in Maryland in 1665
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Crofts Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Eliza Crofts, who arrived in Virginia in 1701
  • Edward Crofts, who arrived in America in 1765

Crofts Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Alexander Crofts, aged 27, landed in New York in 1808
  • William Crofts, who arrived in Indiana in 1852

Crofts Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mary Crofts, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Samuel Crofts, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750

Crofts Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Robert Crofts, aged 18, a brickmaker, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cartvale" in 1874

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Contemporary Notables of the name Crofts (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Crofts (post 1700)



  • Darell "Dash" Crofts (b. 1940), American musician; half of the 1970s singing duo Seals and Crofts, known for their hits "Summer Breeze", "Diamond Girl" and "Get Closer"
  • Charles Daniel Crofts (1822-1893), English cricketer who played for Cambridge University in 1843 and Sussex in 1840
  • Charles Alfred "Charlie" Crofts (1871-1950), English-born, Australian trade unionist
  • William Carr Crofts (1846-1912), English schoolmaster and rower who won the Diamond Challenge Sculls at Henley Royal Regatta twice
  • William Carr Crofts (1846-1894), English architect and entrepreneur
  • Thomas Crofts FRS, FSA (1722-1781), English Anglican priest, bibliophile, and Fellow of the Royal Society
  • Lewis Crofts (b. 1977), English journalist and author
  • Freeman Wills Crofts (1879-1957), Irish-English mystery author, one of the 'Big Four' of the Golden Age of Detective Fiction
  • Ernest Crofts (1847-1911), English military painter, an Associate of the Royal Academy of Arts on 19 July 1878
  • Andrew Crofts (b. 1953), English ghost writer
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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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.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    2. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    3. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    4. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    5. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    6. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
    7. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    8. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    9. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    10. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    11. ...

    The Crofts Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Crofts 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.

    This page was last modified on 15 January 2016 at 09:53.

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