Of all the Anglo-Saxon
names to come from Britain, Croftume is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived as dwellers by a croft or small farm or enclosure.
The surname Croftume originally derived from croeft
, an Old English word for a small farm.
Early Origins of the Croftume family
The surname Croftume was first found in Cumberland
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Croftume family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Croftume research.Another 125 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1626, 1672, 1657 and 1661 are included under the topic Early Croftume History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Croftume 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. Croftume has been spelled many different ways, including Crofton, Croftone, Crofden, Croften and others.
Early Notables of the Croftume family (pre 1700)
Another 48 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Croftume Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Croftume family to Ireland
Some of the Croftume family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 77 words (6 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 Croftume family to the New World and Oceana
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 Croftumes to arrive in North America: Phillip Crofton who settled in Philadelphia in 1869; Thomas Crofton settled in Philadelphia in 1850.
The Croftume 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.