Holcroft


Holcroft
Recorded in several spellings including Allcraft, Holdcraft, Holdcroft, Holcroft, Holecroft and possibly others, this is an English surname. It is locational either from what would seem to be a 'lost' medieval village called Holcroft since this as shown below is the first recorded spelling of the surname, or topographical for somebody who lived at a small farm (croft) in a hollow or valley (hol). Surnames from 'lost' villages are a feature of the surnames lists of the British Isles. It is estimated that at least three thousand surnames do originate from such places, of which the only public reminder of the former existencein the 21st century, is the surname itself. As to why these places disappeared has been the subject of many books but essentially it was through changes in agricultural practices, and such natural disasters as the famous plagues of the 13th to the 17th century. Examples of recordings include Johannes de Holcroft in the Poll Tax register fro Yorkshire in 1379 and George Holdcroft who married Elizabeth Courtney at St James Clerkenwell in the city of London, in 1668.

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  • Holcroft — Holcroft, 1) Thomas, geb. 1744 in London; er st. 1809; einer der fruchtbarsten englischen Schriftsteller, bes. im Fache des moralischen Romans u. der Komödie; von den ersteren ist der beste Anna St. Ives, Lond. 1792, 7 Bde.; er übersetzte auch… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Holcroft — Holcroft, Thomas, Dramatiker und Übersetzer, geb. 10. Dez. 1745 in London, gest. daselbst 23. März 1809, war in der Jugend nacheinander Stallbursche, Schullehrer, Zeitungsschreiber, Schauspieler und begann 1778 Komödien zu schreiben, unter denen… …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Holcroft — Thomas Holcroft (* 10. Dezember 1745 in London; † 23. März 1809 ebenda) war ein englischer Schriftsteller und Übersetzer. Leben Holcroft kam aus einfachen Verhältnissen; sein Vater war Schuhmacher. Nach nur wenigen Jahren Schulbesuch schloss sich …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Holcroft Baronets — There have been two Baronetcies created for persons with the surname Holcroft, both in the Baronetage of the United Kingdom and both for members of the same family.The Holcroft Baronetcy, of The Shrubbery in the County of Stafford, was created in …   Wikipedia

  • Holcroft, Thomas — ▪ English dramatist born Dec. 10, 1745, London, Eng. died March 23, 1809, London       English dramatist, novelist, journalist, and actor.       The son of a peddler, Holcroft worked as a stableboy, cobbler, and teacher before he was able to make …   Universalium

  • HOLCROFT, THOMAS —    journalist and political novelist, born in London; began life as an actor; wrote Road to Ruin ; was charged with treason, but acquitted; left Memoirs (1744 1809) …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

  • Holcroft, Thomas — (1745 1809)    Dramatist, s. of a small shoemaker in London, passed his youth as a pedlar, and as a Newmarket stable boy. A charitable person having given him some education he became a schoolmaster, but in 1770 went on the provincial stage. He… …   Short biographical dictionary of English literature

  • The Holcroft Covenant — Filmdaten Deutscher Titel: Der 4 1/2 Billionen Dollar Vertrag Originaltitel: The Holcroft Covenant Produktionsland: Großbritannien Erscheinungsjahr: 1985 Länge: 107 Minuten Originalsprache: Eng …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Thomas Holcroft — (* 10. Dezember 1745 in London; † 23. März 1809 ebenda) war ein englischer Schriftsteller und Übersetzer. Leben Holcroft kam aus einfachen Verhältnissen; sein Vater war Schuhmacher. Nach nur wenigen Jahren Schulbesuch schloss sich …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Thomas Holcroft — (December 10, 1745 March 23, 1809) was an English dramatist and miscellaneous writer.Early lifeHe was born in Orange Court, Leicester Fields, London. His father had a shoemaker s shop, and kept riding horses for hire; but having fallen into… …   Wikipedia


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