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The ancestors of the name Holdcroft date back to the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Holdcroft family lived in the area of Holcroft in Lancashire.

Holdcroft Early Origins



The surname Holdcroft was first found in Lancashire where one of the first record of the name was Robert de Holecroft who was listed in the Assize Rolls in 1246. A few years later, John Holecroft was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of 1327. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)

"Lytham [a parish in Lancashire] is mentioned in the Domesday Survey under the name of Lidun. It early belonged, by gift of Richard Fitz-Roger, to the monks of Durham, and after the Reformation was granted to Sir Thomas Holcroft, whose descendant, Sir John, is said to have sold the property in 1606 to Sir Cuthbert Clifton, ancestor of the present lord of the manor." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.


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Holdcroft Spelling Variations


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Holdcroft 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 Holdcroft 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. The variations of the name Holdcroft include: Holcroft, Holcrofte, Howcroft, Hocroft and others.

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Holdcroft Early History


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Holdcroft Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Holdcroft research. Another 169 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1270, 1629, 1693, 1656, 1640, 1648, 1745 and 1809 are included under the topic Early Holdcroft History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Holdcroft Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Holdcroft Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notables of this surname at this time include Sir Henry Holcroft, from West Ham in Essex; his son, Francis Holcroft (c.1629-1693), an English ejected minister; John Holcroft (died 1656), an English politician...

Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Holdcroft Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North Ameri ca. 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 Holdcroft or a variant listed above:

Holdcroft Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James Holdcroft, who landed in Ohio in 1884

Holdcroft Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Charles Henry Holdcroft, aged 61, originally from London, England, arrived in New York in 1908 aboard the ship "Mauretania" from Liverpool, England [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JXRH-D6R : 6 December 2014), Charles Henry Holdcroft, 17 Jul 1908; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Mauretania, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • Edward Holdcroft, aged 23, originally from Dunleer, Ireland, arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Aquitania" from Liverpool, England [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J66M-TMK : 6 December 2014), Edward Holdcroft, 24 Jul 1920; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Aquitania, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • Sarah Annie Holdcroft, aged 27, originally from Stoke-on-Trent, England, arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Celtic" from Liverpool, England [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6FR-HXM : 6 December 2014), Sarah Annie Holdcroft, 01 Jan 1920; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Celtic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

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Contemporary Notables of the name Holdcroft (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Holdcroft (post 1700)



  • Hugh Edward "Ted" Holdcroft (1882-1952), English footballer who played from 1901 to 1905
  • James H. Holdcroft (1874-1926), English footballer who played for Burslem Port Vale (1894-1897)
  • George Henry "Harry" Holdcroft (1909-1983), English international football goalkeeper, member of the England National Team and The Football League XI in 1936

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JXRH-D6R : 6 December 2014), Charles Henry Holdcroft, 17 Jul 1908; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Mauretania, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  4. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J66M-TMK : 6 December 2014), Edward Holdcroft, 24 Jul 1920; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Aquitania, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  5. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6FR-HXM : 6 December 2014), Sarah Annie Holdcroft, 01 Jan 1920; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Celtic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

Other References

  1. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  2. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  3. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  4. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  5. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  6. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  7. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  8. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  9. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  10. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Holdcroft Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Holdcroft Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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