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. 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 Foxcrofte family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Foxcrofte 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 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)
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Migration of the Foxcrofte family to the New World and Oceana
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.