Croke History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Irish Croke name is an Anglicized form of the Gaelic "Cróc," from the Old Norse "Krokr."

Early Origins of the Croke family

The surname Croke was first found in County Kilkenny (Irish: Cill Chainnigh), the former Kingdom of Osraige (Ossory), located in Southeastern Ireland in the province of Leinster, where they have been on record since the 13th century.

Early History of the Croke family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Croke research. Another 118 words (8 lines of text) covering the year 1241 is included under the topic Early Croke History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Croke Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Croke, Crough, Croak, Croc, Crok, Croake and others.

Early Notables of the Croke family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Croke Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Croke family to Ireland

Some of the Croke family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 57 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Croke migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Croke Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Henry Croke, who landed in Virginia in 1699 [1]
Croke Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Adam Croke who arrived in Philadelphia in 1870
  • Edward Croke, who landed in Arkansas in 1876 [1]

Canada Croke migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Croke Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Ann Croke, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1833
  • Ellen Croke, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1841

Australia Croke migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Croke Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Edmund Croke, aged 23, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Bucephalus"

New Zealand Croke migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Croke Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Catherine Croke, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hermione" in 1883

Contemporary Notables of the name Croke (post 1700) +

  • Thomas William Croke (1824-1902), Roman Catholic Archbishop of Cashel and Emly in Ireland
  • Sir Alexander Croke (1758-1842), British judge, author and colonial administrator in Nova Scotia, a direct descendant of John Croke (d. 1554), English lawyer and author
  • William Joseph Croke (1840-1869), Canadian lawyer and politician from Nova Scotia, member of the Canadian House of Commons (1867-1869)


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)


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