The ancient roots of the Howcroft family name are in the Anglo-Saxon
culture. The name Howcroft comes from when the family lived in the area of Holcroft
Early Origins of the Howcroft family
The surname Howcroft 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. 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." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Howcroft family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Howcroft 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 Howcroft History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Howcroft Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations
under which the name Howcroft has appeared include Holcroft, Holcrofte, Howcroft, Hocroft and others.
Early Notables of the Howcroft family (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 Howcroft Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Howcroft family to the New World and Oceana
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England
at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Howcroft arrived in North America very early: Thomas Hocroft, who sailed to Virginia in 1684; William Holcroft settled in Philadelphia in 1828; Thomas Holcroft settled in Philadelphia in 1835; J. Holcroft arrived in San Francisco in 1850..
Contemporary Notables of the name Howcroft (post 1700)
- Robert Howcroft (b. 1952), American professional football player
- Albert Howcroft (1882-1955), English cricketer
- Sammy Howcroft (b. 1962), professional Australian rules footballer
- Russel Howcroft, Australian business man and media personality
Historic Events for the Howcroft family
- Frank Howcroft (d. 1945), British Ordinary Telegraphist aboard the HMS Dorsetshire when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he died in the sinking CITATION[CLOSE]
Force Z Survivors HMS Dorsetshire Crew List, (Retrieved 2018, February 13th), https://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listdorsetshirecrew.html