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The name Wheatcroft is derived from "a geographical locality, 'at the wheat-croft,' from residence thereby." [1] [2] [3]

Early Origins of the Wheatcroft family

The surname Wheatcroft was first found in Yorkshire where Adam de Wetecroft was listed in the Pipe Rolls for 1191. Later, Richard de Whatecroft was found in the Subsidy Rolls for Suffolk in 1327. Thomas de Whatecroft son of Adam Whetecroft was listed in the Assize Rolls for Staffordshire in 1339. [4]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 include entries for Seman de Wetecroft and Matilda de Wetecroft, both in Suffolk. [1] The Testa de Nevill, sive Liber Feodorum, temp. Henry III-Edward I. lists Robert de Wetecroft, Lincolnshire, Henry III-Edward I. [5]

Early History of the Wheatcroft family

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Wheatcroft Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Wheatcroft, Whetcroft, Whetecroft, Wheatcraft, Wheetcroft, Whetcraft, Whitcroft, Witcroft, Whitecroft and many more.

Early Notables of the Wheatcroft family

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United States Wheatcroft migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Wheatcroft Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Wheatcroft, who was on record in New York in 1812 as a British Alien during the War of 1812
  • William Wheatcroft, aged 30, who arrived in New York in 1812 [6]
  • Eliza Wheatcroft, who arrived in Baltimore in 1820
  • Edward Wheatcroft, who was naturalized in New York in 1840

Australia Wheatcroft migration to Australia +

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

Wheatcroft Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Abraham Wheatcroft who was convicted in Derby, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Dick" on 2nd October 1820, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [7]
  • Miss Ann Wheatcroft, (b. 1815), aged 33, English convict who was convicted in Warwick, Warwickshire, England for 15 years for manslaughter, transported aboard the "Cadet" on 10th November 1848, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land), she died in 1848 [8]
  • John Wheatcroft, aged 32, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Blundell"

New Zealand Wheatcroft migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Wheatcroft Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Sydney F. Wheatcroft, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Aloe" in 1863

West Indies Wheatcroft migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [9]
Wheatcroft Settlers in West Indies in the 18th Century
  • Richard Wheatcroft, who arrived in Jamaica in 1731

Contemporary Notables of the name Wheatcroft (post 1700) +

  • John Wheatcroft (b. 1925), American writer
  • Harry Wheatcroft (1898-1977), famous English rose grower
  • Patience Wheatcroft (b. 1951), British journalist, editor-in-chief of The Wall Street Journal Europe
  • Geoffrey Wheatcroft (b. 1945), British journalist and writer
  • Chris Wheatcroft, British keyboard player
  • Georgina Wheatcroft (b. 1965), Canadian curler, Women's World Champion team 2000

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  2. Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  3. Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  4. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  5. Testa de Nevill or "Liber Feodorum" or "Book of Fees," thought to have been written by Ralph de Nevill, for King John (1199–1216)
  6. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  7. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 8th July 2021). Retrieved from
  8. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 17th November 2020). Retrieved from
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