The name Oldcroft is of Anglo-Saxon
origin and came from when the family lived in the area of Holcroft
Early Origins of the Oldcroft family
The surname Oldcroft 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 Oldcroft family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Oldcroft 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 Oldcroft History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Oldcroft 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 Oldcroft 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. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Oldcroft include: Holcroft, Holcrofte, Howcroft, Hocroft and others.
Early Notables of the Oldcroft 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 Oldcroft Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Oldcroft family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. 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 Oldcroft or a variant listed above: 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..