The origins of the Showcross name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. It comes from when the family lived in the county of Derbyshire
. The surname Showcross 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 Showcross family
The surname Showcross 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 Showcross family
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Showcross Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon
surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Showcross were recorded, including Shallcross, Shalcross, Shawcross, Shallcrosse and others.
Early Notables of the Showcross family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Showcross family to the New World and Oceana
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Showcross family emigrate to North America: Bradford, James and Samuel Shawcross arrived in Philadelphia between 1852 and 1871.