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Kroft is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from the family once having lived in an area that was near the croft.The surname is the northern form of Croft and it's literal meaning is the area of arable land that was located by a cottage that was worked on by the farmer.

Kroft Early Origins



The surname Kroft was first found in Essex, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

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Kroft Spelling Variations


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Kroft Spelling Variations



Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Kroft family name include Craft, Crafte, Craftin, Crafton and others.

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Kroft Early History


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Kroft Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kroft research. Another 147 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1185, 1213, 1222, 1275, 1283, 1620 and 1786 are included under the topic Early Kroft History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Kroft Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Kroft Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Kroft 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



For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Kroft surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Kroft Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Nicholas Kroft, who arrived in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania in 1747

Kroft Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Christopher Kroft, who arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1832
  • John Kroft, who landed in Somerset County, Pennsylvania in 1852
  • Leanhard Kroft, aged 21, who landed in America, in 1894

Kroft Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Johann Kroft, aged 59, who emigrated to America from Hamburg, in 1903
  • Arnold Kroft, aged 23, who landed in America from Berlin, in 1904
  • Johann Kroft, aged 26, who landed in America from Oberdrassen, Hungary, in 1911
  • Joseph Kroft, aged 27, who emigrated to the United States, in 1924

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Contemporary Notables of the name Kroft (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Kroft (post 1700)



  • Steve Kroft (b. 1945), American journalist and a longtime correspondent for CBS' 60 Minutes
  • Willem "Wim" Frederik van der Kroft (1916-2001), Dutch bronze medalist canoeist at the 1936 Summer Olympics
  • Richard Henry Kroft CM (b. 1938), former Canadian lawyer, businessman and Senator

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    2. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    3. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    4. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    5. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    6. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
    7. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    8. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    9. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    10. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
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    The Kroft Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kroft 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.

    This page was last modified on 27 May 2014 at 15:07.

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