Halcrow History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The Halcrow family name comes from a place name that was first used among the Viking settlers who arrived in the shores of Scotland in the Middle Ages. The Halcrow name comes from someone having 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 Halcrow family
The surname Halcrow 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.
Important Dates for the Halcrow family
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Halcrow Spelling Variations
Translation and spelling were non-standardized practices in the Middle Ages, so scribes had only their ears to rely on. This was a practice of extremely limited efficiency, and spelling variations in names, even within a single document, were the result. Over the years, Halcrow has appeared Halcroe, Halcro, Halcrow, Halcrough, Hacro, Hawcro, Halkrawe, Haucro and many more.
Early Notables of the Halcrow family (pre 1700)
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Halcrow migration to New Zealand
Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:
Halcrow Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- James Halcrow, aged 34, a farm labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Soukar" in 1874
- Mary Halcrow, aged 26, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Soukar" in 1874
- John Robert Halcrow, aged 8, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Soukar" in 1874
- Mary J. Halcrow, aged 4, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Soukar" in 1874
- Henry Halcrow, aged 2, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Soukar" in 1874
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Contemporary Notables of the name Halcrow (post 1700)
- Sir William Halcrow (1883-1958), English civil engineer, best remembered for his expertise in the design of tunnels and for projects during the Second World War, founder of Halcrow, an engineering consultancy company in the United Kingdom, with over 8,000 employees