The ancestors of the bearers of the Foxcraft family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England
. They were first found beside an enclosure or croft. The surname Foxcraft is a topographic
surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation
names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names.
Early Origins of the Foxcraft family
The surname Foxcraft was first found in Lancashire
near the Yorkshire
border where one of the first records of the was found, namely Johannes de Fowscroft who was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax
Rolls of 1379. CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Early History of the Foxcraft family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Foxcraft research.Another 175 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1634, 1715, 1665, 1668, 1670, 1697 and 1769 are included under the topic Early Foxcraft History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Foxcraft Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Foxcraft include Foxcroft, Foxcrofte and others.
Early Notables of the Foxcraft family (pre 1700)
Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Foxcraft Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Foxcraft family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Foxcraft or a variant listed above: Thomas Foxcroft who settled in Virginia in 1635.