The name Crofut is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. Crofut was a name used for a person with abnormally shaped feet, or a gait resembling that of a crow. Although the Anglo-Saxon
surname Crofut may sound like a Native American name, it is derived from the Old English words crawe
which mean crow,
which means foot.
However, the Old English phrase crou-fot
was also a name for the buttercup. Moreover, the surname Crofut may in some cases be derived from the name of the settlement of Crawford, which was in the Scottish county of Lanark.
Early Origins of the Crofut family
The surname Crofut was first found in Suffolk
where they held a family seat
. From their early beginnings, for the next few centuries, the family name also acquired other estates or manors as branches established themselves throughout England
. The major conflicts of the eras, such as the War of the Roses, the English Reformation
, and the English Civil War sometimes found them to be in opposing camps, with conflicting interests. Although this name may sound like an Indian name to North Americans it has its roots in Suffolk.
Early History of the Crofut family
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Crofut Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Crofut include Crowfoot, Crowfote, Crowfoote, Crowefoot, Crofford, Croford, Croffet, Crofut, Croffut, Crofoot, Croffit, Croffitt and many more.
Early Notables of the Crofut family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Crofut family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Crofut were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:
Crofut Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Williard Crofut, aged 17, who settled in Ft. Monroe, Virginia, in 1918
- Mabel Loraine Crofut, aged 29, who settled in New York City, in 1920
- Charlotte P. Crofut, aged 60, who arrived in Sunsbury, Connecticut, in 1921
- James K. Crofut, aged 61, who arrived in Sunsbury, Connecticut, in 1921
- LoRaine Crofut, aged 32, who arrived in New York, in 1924
Contemporary Notables of the name Crofut (post 1700)
- Bob Crofut, American landscape artist
- Bill Crofut, American folk singer
- Don Crofut, American founder of the Crofut Family Winery, Minnesota