The name Crofutt is of Anglo-Saxon
origin. It was name for a person with abnormally shaped feet, or a gait resembling that of a crow. Although the Anglo-Saxon
surname Crofutt 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 Crofutt 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 Crofutt family
The surname Crofutt 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 Crofutt family
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Crofutt Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Crofutt have been found, including Crowfoot, Crowfote, Crowfoote, Crowefoot, Crofford, Croford, Croffet, Crofut, Croffut, Crofoot, Croffit, Croffitt and many more.
Early Notables of the Crofutt family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Crofutt family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England
. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England
, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become powerful new nations. Among early immigrants of the Crofutt surname to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were: Elizab Crofford, who arrived in Virginia in 1652; Anne Crofford, who settled in Virginia in 1728; Elizabeth Crofford, who came to Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1768.
Contemporary Notables of the name Crofutt (post 1700)
- George A. Crofutt, early American travel author, best known for his guide Crofutt's New Overland Tourist and Pacific Coast Guide