Show ContentsNorthcross History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Northcross surname is a habitational name taken on from a place near Blackpool; so named from Old English words "norð," meaning "north," and "cros," meaning "cross," collectively meaning "dweller at the North Cross." [1] [2] Another author clarifies: "more specifically, Norcross (spelling the same in the early 16th cent.) [was] near Fleetwood, Lancashire." [3]

Early Origins of the Northcross family

The surname Northcross was first found in Lancashire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held a family seat at Alston and Hothersale in that shire.

Early History of the Northcross family

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Northcross Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Norcross, Norcress, Northcross, Norecross and others.

Early Notables of the Northcross family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Northcross family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Jeremiah Norcross, who came to Cambridge, MA in 1642; Nathaniel Norcross, who came to New England in 1643; Richard Norcross, who came to Watertown, MA in 1650.

Contemporary Notables of the name Northcross (post 1700) +

  • D. C. Northcross, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Michigan State Senate 3rd District, 1928 [4]

  1. Dixon, Bernard Homer, Surnames. London: John Wilson and son, 1857. Print
  2. Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York: Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  3. Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  4. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 18) . Retrieved from on Facebook