Howcroft History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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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 in Lancashire.
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. 
"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." 
Important Dates for the Howcroft family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Howcroft research. Another 85 words (6 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...
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Howcroft 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:
Howcroft Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Mr. John Howcroft, British labourer travelling from London aboard the ship "Victory " arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 17th October 1863 
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 
- ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
- ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
- ^ Force Z Survivors HMS Dorsetshire Crew List, (Retrieved 2018, February 13th), https://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listdorsetshirecrew.html