Foxcroftes is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon
origin and comes from the family once having lived beside an enclosure or croft. The surname Foxcroftes 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 Foxcroftes family
The surname Foxcroftes 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 Foxcroftes family
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Foxcroftes Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Foxcroftes family name include Foxcroft, Foxcrofte and others.
Early Notables of the Foxcroftes family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Foxcroftes family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Foxcroftes surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Thomas Foxcroft who settled in Virginia in 1635.