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HOWCROFT Family History

Recorded as Hawcroft, Howcraft, Hocroft, Howcroft, Howcrofts and possibly others, this interesting surname is English. It is locational and according to the famous Victorian etymologist Canon Charles Bardsley writing in 1880, derived from a place called Havercroft near Dewsbury in West Yorkshire. During the Middle Ages, it became increasingly common for people to migrate from their birth place to seek work, and the custom developed that they would adopt, or be given, as a means of identification the name of their original home.

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