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An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright 2000 - 2015

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Where did the Scottish Croke family come from? What is the Scottish Croke family crest and coat of arms? When did the Croke family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Croke family history?

The Croke surname in England is said to descend from Nicholas Le Blount, who was outlawed and exiled after having worked to try and restore Richard II (reign 1377-1399) to the throne. It is said that he returned to England, with his name changed to Croke.

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

First found in Shropshire, where the name is believed to originated. The people of Norman heritage bearing this surname have a long and interesting recorded history in which we find them in Scotland, Ireland and England.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Croke research. Another 269 words(19 lines of text) covering the years 1489, 1558, 1625, 1649, 1553, 1620, 1588, 1660, 1614, 1629, 1609, 1680, 1640, 1643, 1593, 1671, 1628, 1640, 1625, 1683, 1654, 1657, 1636, 1671, 1661 and 1671 are included under the topic Early Croke History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 289 words(21 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Croke Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Croke family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 103 words(7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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

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

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

Croke Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Edmund Croke, aged 23, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Bucephalus"

Croke Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Catherine Croke arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hermione" in 1883

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


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The Croke Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Croke 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 12 July 2013 at 10:11.

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