Origin, Meaning and Family History of the Crockett Name
The surname Crockett is thought to have derived from one of two sources. The first states the name or any variation of its spelling possibly came about from the Medieval English word “croket”, a descriptive phrase or word for a hairstyle made up of large curls. The second source of origin theorizes the surname comes from the Scottish name Macriocaird. The Scots Gaelic in which the name is written, breaks down and translates as “mac” which means son and “riocaird” meaning the proper name Richard.
Variations of this name include; Crockett, Crokat, Crokkat, and Croket among others. The variation in spelling of names during this time period can be attributed to a lack of continuity regarding guidelines for spelling which was compounded by the diversity of languages in use in European countries at this time.
The first records of any variation of the name Crockett can be found in public records dated 1296, wherein it is documented Huwe Croket pledged fealty to John Balliol, King of Scotland. Balliol was an unpopular king having been chosen by a group of auditors when the heir apparent to the Scottish throne, Alexander III died. Edward I of England disliked Balliol immensely and took every opportunity to sabotage his reign. The Scots soon grew tired of him, his ineffectual leadership, and rivalry with King Edward. The Scots elected a council of twelve to rule in his stead, all but revoking any power Balliol may have exercised. The council entered into an alliance with France which infuriated King Edward, as a result, Edward invaded Scotland which marked the beginning of the War for Scottish Independence.
Public records from 1634 also list an individual with an alternate spelling of the surname, John Crokkit from Achinkyle.
The first recorded immigrant to America bearing the surname Crockett or any variation of its spelling was Thomas Crockett who landed and settled in Maine in 1630. Richard Crockett landed and settled in Maryland in 1664.
Worldwide, the highest concentration of people with the surname Crockett live in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and Canada. By state, the largest percentile of those with the surname Crockett live in Maine.
People of note who bear the surname Crockett include, David “Davy” Crockett an American politician, frontiersman, and folk hero. He was from Tennessee where he was a Colonel in the local militia. In 1825, he ran for and was elected as a Congressman to the U.S. House of Representatives where served until 1836. After his defeat in the election of 1836, Crockett moved west to Texas which at that time was still part of Mexico. In the same year, he fought in the Mexican Revolution against Santa Ana’s overwhelming forces. Crockett was garrisoned with James Bowie, William Travis, and approximately 250 Texans at a mission known as the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas. Crockett and all those who fought with him at the Battle of the Alamo perished.
Antony Crockett is a highly regarded British physician who specializes in asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He a noted authority on these subjects and has written many works on respiratory illness. For his expertise, Doctor Crockett, is a Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners in the United Kingdom.
Basil Edwin Crockett was a member of the British Army, wherein he served as a senior officer. As one of his many and varied commissions during his time in the British Army, Crockett was given command of the 11th Battalion, Hampshire Regiment during World War I. During this period of service, Colonel Crockett refused to take a rear position, as most commanding officers would do, instead he remained stationed with his men at the front lines. His gallant conduct during battle was noted in numerous dispatches earning him the Distinguished Service Order with two bars, an indication that he had performed numerous acts of merit, each worthy of citation.
Molly J. Crockett is a noted American neuroscientist for her research into human decision making, altruism, and morality. Dr. Crockett received her Bachelor of Science Degree at the University of California Los Angeles. She was a recipient of a Gates Cambridge Scholarship under which she attend King’s College at Cambridge University where she received her PhD. Dr. Crockett currently teaches at the University of Oxford where she is an Associate Professor of Experimental Psychology. In the past, she counts among her accomplishments having been a fellow at University College in London and at the University of Zurich. She has had works published several noteworthy journals and major well respected publications.
Crockett Coat of Arms Meaning
The two main devices (symbols) in the Crockett blazon are the cornish chough and mullet. The two main tinctures (colors) are argent and sable.
Argent is the heraldic metal Silver and is usually shown as very pure white. It is also known more poetically as pearl, moon (or luna) . In a sketch or drawing it is represented by plain, unmarked paper .
Sable, the deep black so often found in Heraldry is believed to named from an animal of the marten family know in the middle ages as a Sabellinœ and noted for its very black fur . In engravings, when colors cannot be shown it is represented as closely spaced horizontal and vertical lines, and appropriately is thus the darkest form of hatching, as this method is known . Although it may seem a sombre tone, and does indeed sometimes denote grief, it is more commonly said to represent Constancy .
Birds of great variety occur throughout heraldry, at least in name . The Cornish Chough is a member of the crow family and is often depicted as black with red or orange beak and legs. Wade gives it the role of “king of crows” and believes that its use denotes a “man of stratagems”.
The heraldic mullet, not to be confused with the fish of that name, is shown as a regular, five pointed star. This was originally, not an astronomical object, but represented the spur on a horseman’s boot, especially when peirced, with a small circular hole in the centre it represents a type of spur known as a “rowel” . A clear example can be found in the arms of Harpendene, argent, a mullet pierced gules. The ancient writer Guillim associated such spurs in gold as belonging to the Knight, and the silver to their esquires . In later years, Wade linked this five pointed star with the true celestial object, the estoile and termed it a “falling star”, symbolising a “divine quality bestowed from above” .