The name Showcros is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family lived in the county of Derbyshire
. The surname Showcros 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 Showcros family
The surname Showcros 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 Showcros family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Showcros research.Another 115 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 168 and 1686 are included under the topic Early Showcros History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Showcros Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Showcros has been spelled many different ways, including Shallcross, Shalcross, Shawcross, Shallcrosse and others.
Early Notables of the Showcros family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Showcros family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Showcross to arrive in North America: Bradford, James and Samuel Shawcross arrived in Philadelphia between 1852 and 1871.