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About the study

The Wheatcroft one name study grew out of my interest in family history which I began in 2002. I am seeking to establish a world wide database and welcome all contributions. I am interested in all things Wheatcroft, personal stories, social histories as well as just collecting names and trees etc. All enquiries welcome.

Name origin

I believe Wheatcroft and its variants to be a locational surname, which derives from the village of that name in North Derbyshire near Crich or the medieval hamlet near Cullompton, Devon.

'€˜Croft'€™ being land given over to cultivation and '€˜Wheat'€™ possibly derived from White, Whitecroft meaning the settlement on good lands.

My own Derbyshire Wheatcrofts I have conclusively researched back to 1700 in South Wingfield.

Wheatcroft became Whitcraft and subsequently Whitcroft when my ancestors moved from South Wingfield at the begining of the 19th century to take up residence in Ansley, Leicester, Bedworth and Aston.
Their occupations varied from miners to policemen, shop owners to publicans, many were very well known local sportsmen.

Historical occurrences of the name

 Early records of the name and its variants include Adam de Whetecroft 1191 Pipe Rolls of Yorkshire. Semen de Wetecroft 1273 Hundred Rolls of Suffolk. Robert de Wetecroft 1273 Hundred Rolls of Lincoln. Richard de Whatecrofth 1327 Subsidy Rolls Suffolk. Ranulph de Wetecroft, Galfridus de Wetecroft and Walter de Wetecroft Crich taxes 1327. There were Wheatcrofts at Baslow in the 15th century and also in North Wingfield, Stretton, Brampton, and Ashover. Leonard Wheatcroft of Ashover was a very colourful character of his day, a yeoman, writer and poet. His manuscripts printed and published by the Derbyshire Archaeological Journal are deposited at the County Record Office in Matlock.

Famous 20th century Wheatcrofts include Tom Wheatcroft (motor racing) and Harry Wheatcroft( champion rose grower) 1898-1977

Distribution of the name

Distribution of the surname WHEATCROFT. The 1840s US census has three Wheatcroft families living in the country. One in Indiana, one in Ohio and one in New Jersey. This rises in 1920 to forty two families in the US, mainly concentrated in Kansas 19% and Illinios and Pennsyvania at 17% each. The 1891 UK census sees 920 Wheatcroft families residing there, mostly from Derbyshire at 32% and Yorkshire 18%. Full breakdown of these figures are available



UK Census 1841-1901

Civil Registration entries from indexes births, marriages and deaths.

Surname distribution US and UK

Some Derbyshire Wills
Some Derbyshire Family Trees
Derbyshire Parish records

Some Photographs, MIs, Newspaper articles, directories, military records, mostly Derbyshire and Warwickshire