Foxcrofte History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxon name Foxcrofte comes from when the family resided beside an enclosure or croft. The surname Foxcrofte 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 Foxcrofte family

The surname Foxcrofte 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. [1]

Important Dates for the Foxcrofte family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Foxcrofte research. Another 88 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1634, 1715, 1665, 1668, 1670, 1697, 1769, 1697, 1633, 1676 and 1690 are included under the topic Early Foxcrofte History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Foxcrofte Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Foxcrofte has been recorded under many different variations, including Foxcroft, Foxcrofte and others.

Early Notables of the Foxcrofte family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include George Foxcraft (c. 1634-1715), English administrator, Agent of Madras in 1665 and 1668 to 1670; Thomas Foxcroft, (1697-1769), American Puritan minister of the First Church in Boston, Massachusetts and author. Foxcroft was born on February 26...
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Migration of the Foxcrofte family

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Foxcrofte or a variant listed above: Thomas Foxcroft who settled in Virginia in 1635.

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)
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