The ancestors of the bearers of the Ollcraft family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England
. They were first found in the area of Holcroft
Early Origins of the Ollcraft family
The surname Ollcraft 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 Ollcraft family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ollcraft 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 Ollcraft History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Ollcraft Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Ollcraft include Holcroft, Holcrofte, Howcroft, Hocroft and others.
Early Notables of the Ollcraft 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 Ollcraft Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Ollcraft family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Ollcraft 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..