Scowcroft History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Scowcroft family

The surname Scowcroft was first found in Lancashire, in the mid-13th century. A mix of the old Norse "skali" and the old English "croft," meaning "Dweller by the croft with a hut," this name is topographical in its origin.

Early History of the Scowcroft family

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Scowcroft Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Schoolcraft, Schoolcroft, Scowcroft, Schalecroft and others.

Early Notables of the Scowcroft family (pre 1700)

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United States Scowcroft migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Scowcroft Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Elizabeth Scowcroft, aged 57, who immigrated to the United States from Farnworth, in 1900
  • Ellen Scowcroft, aged 35, who settled in America from Bunley, in 1903
  • Susanna Scowcroft, aged 27, who immigrated to the United States from Batton, in 1903
  • May Scowcroft, aged 21, who immigrated to the United States, in 1909
  • Joseph Scowcroft, who settled in America, in 1910
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Scowcroft migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Scowcroft Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • William Scowcroft, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lady Lilford" in 1839 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Scowcroft (post 1700) +

  • Richard Scowcroft (1916-2001), American writer and teacher of writers long associated with Stanford University where he co-founded the creative-writing program
  • Brent Scowcroft (1925-2020), United States Air Force officer, two-time United States National Security Advisor, first under U.S. President Gerald Ford and then under George H. W. Bush
  • James Benjamin Scowcroft (b. 1975), English footballer


  1. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LADY LILFORD 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839LadyLilford.htm


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