The noble Viking settlers who came to the rocky shores of Scotland
in the Middle Ages brought with them the ancestors of the Halcrough family. They lived in Halcro, in South Ronaldsey, Orkney
. The place-name is taken from the place-name Halcro in Caithness
, where the family originated.
Early Origins of the Halcrough family
The surname Halcrough was first found in Caithness
(Gaelic: Gallaibh), the northern tip of Scotland
, a Norse/Viking controlled region from the 9th century, which became the Earldom of Caithness
, in Scotland
where they held a family seat
from ancient times, and where family tradition claims that they are descended from the natural son of King Sverrir of Norway. At early times the family migrated to South Ronaldsay where they gave their name to the lands called Halcro. Today Halcrow is a hamlet in northern Manitoba, Canada, but the origin of the place is unknown.
Early History of the Halcrough family
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Halcrough Spelling Variations
Scottish names from the Middle Ages vary enormously in their spellings. This is a result of the fact that there were no universal standards like dictionaries for scribes to judge by. The recorded spelling variations
of the name Halcrough include Halcroe, Halcro, Halcrow, Halcrough, Hacro, Hawcro, Halkrawe, Haucro and many more.
Early Notables of the Halcrough family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Halcrough family to the New World and Oceana
Settlers found farms all along the eastern part of what would become the United States and Canada. They provided a base and a backbone that would strengthen two great nations in the making. In the 20th century, the ancestors of those brave Scots have rediscovered their heritage through highland games and Scottish historical societies. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Scottish name Halcrough or a variant listed above, including: Magnus Halcro who settled in Savannah, Georgia in 1774; with his wife Elizabeth and son Hugh; William Hacro settled in Virginia in 1653.