The Shawcros name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. Their name comes from having lived in the county of Derbyshire
. The surname Shawcros is a habitation surname which forms a broad category of surnames that were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. In this case the family was named after the ancient stone cross that stood in the High Peak forest in the parish of Shackelcross.
Early Origins of the Shawcros family
The surname Shawcros was first found in Derbyshire
at Shallcross, a small village in northwestern portion of the shire. Some claim the name Shallcross comes from an ancient stone cross, known as the Shall Cross which dated back to 832 when St. Paulinus visited the area.
Early History of the Shawcros family
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Shawcros Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Shawcros has undergone many spelling variations
, including Shallcross, Shalcross, Shawcross, Shallcrosse and others.
Early Notables of the Shawcros family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Shawcros family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the unstable social climate in England
of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Shawcros were among those contributors: Bradford, James and Samuel Shawcross arrived in Philadelphia between 1852 and 1871.