Crooker History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The name Crooker is Anglo-Saxon in origin. It was a name given to a "grower of saffron," one of the most sought after and expensive spices. Alternatively, the name could have been from an occupation as in "the crocker," a potter, a maker of crocks, From Middle English word "crokke," an earthen pitcher. [1]

Early Origins of the Crooker family

The surname Crooker was first found in Devon where the first record of the family was John le Crochere recorded during the reign of Henry III - Edward I. "By tradition, Crocker is one of the most ancient of Devonshire names. " [2]

Later the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 listed Simon le Crockere and William Crockare in Oxfordshire and the Writs of Parliament in 1301 listed John le Crokere.

Hotten's Lists of Emigrants has some early entries for the surname in the United States: 'Richard Crocker, a child, living in Virginia, 1623' and 'Henry Crocker came to Virginia in the Abigail, 1620.'

The fictional Betty Crocker was used in advertising campaigns for food and recipes for the Washburn-Crosby Company in 1921. Apparently the name "Betty was selected because it was viewed as a cheery, all-American name. It was paired with the last name Crocker, in honor of William Crocker, a Washburn Crosby Company director." The brand was later bought by General Mills in 1954.

Important Dates for the Crooker family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Crooker research. Another 260 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1275 and 1641 are included under the topic Early Crooker History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Crooker 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 Crooker include Croker, Crocker, Croager, Crough, Croaker, Croke and others.

Early Notables of the Crooker family (pre 1700)

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

Crooker migration to the United States

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 Crooker were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Crooker Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Nickel Crooker, aged 40, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1740 [3]
Crooker Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • H Crooker, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [3]
  • J R Crooker, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [3]

Crooker migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Crooker Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • John K Crooker, who landed in Canada in 1832

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Citations

  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  3. ^ 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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