Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from a family once having lived in the area of Holcroft in Lancashire.
Early Origins of the Olecroft family
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]
Early History of the Olecroft family
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Olecroft Spelling Variations
spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Olecroft has been recorded under many different variations, including Holcroft, Holcrofte, Howcroft, Hocroft and others.
Early Notables of the Olecroft family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Olecroft family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Olecroft 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..
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