The name Foxcrofts is of Anglo-Saxon
origin and came from when the family lived beside an enclosure or croft. The surname Foxcrofts 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 Foxcrofts family
The surname Foxcrofts 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 Foxcrofts family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Foxcrofts 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 Foxcrofts History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Foxcrofts Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Foxcrofts are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Foxcrofts include: Foxcroft, Foxcrofte and others.
Early Notables of the Foxcrofts family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Foxcrofts family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Foxcrofts or a variant listed above: Thomas Foxcroft who settled in Virginia in 1635.