Crocket


Crocket
This interesting name has two possible origins. The first being a nickname for someone wearing a particular hair style, deriving from the Medieval English "croket" meaning "a large curl". In Scotland the Galloway family name Crockett is said to be derived from Macriocaird, from the Gaelic "mac" meaning "son(of)" and the personal name Rickard (Richard). The first recorded spelling is found in Scotland (see below). Crok(k)at and Croket being alternate spellings (1483 to 1614). In 1634 one John Crokkit in Achinkyle was charged with "molesting the minister at Inchcallioch and stealing his timber". The illustrious name bearer Davy Crocket, King of the Wild Frontier, was killed at the battle of the Alamo (1845). A Coat of Arms granted to the family depicts three Cornish choughs proper on a silver shield, and the crest being a Cornish clough prope. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Huwe Croket of Kameslank (Cambeuslang) which was dated 1296, were he rendered homage during the reign of John Balliol of Scotland 1292 - 1296 Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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  • crocket — c.1300, curl of hair, from Anglo Fr. crocket, from northern French form of Fr. crochet (see CROCHET (Cf. crochet)). Meaning ornamental device on a Gothic pediment is from late 14c …   Etymology dictionary

  • Crocket — Crock et (kr?k ?t), n. [OF. croquet, F. crochet, dim. of croc hook. See {Crook}, and cf. {Crotchet}.] 1. (Arch.) An ornament often resembling curved and bent foliage, projecting from the sloping edge of a gable, spire, etc. [1913 Webster] 2. A… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Crocket — ist eine alternative Schreibweise für das Spiel Croquet siehe auch: Crockett Diese Seite ist eine Begriffsklärung zur Unterscheidung mehrerer mit demselben Wort bezeichneter Begriffe …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • crocket — [kräk′it] n. [ME croket < NormFr croquet (OFr crochet): see CROTCHET] a carved ornament, as of curved leaves or flowers, decorating the angles of roofs, gables, etc., esp. in Gothic architecture …   English World dictionary

  • Crocket — For other uses, see Crocket (disambiguation). Crockets applied to the finials at Sint Petrus en Pauluskerk, Ostend, Belgium A crocket is a hook shaped decorative element common in Gothic architecture. It is in the form of a stylised carving of… …   Wikipedia

  • crocket — /krok it/, n. Archit. a medieval ornament, usually in the form of a leaf that curves up and away from the supporting surface and returns partially upon itself. [1300 50; ME croket hook < AF, equiv. to croc hook ( < Gmc; see CROOK1) + et ET. See… …   Universalium

  • crocket — noun Etymology: Middle English croket, from Anglo French, crook, diminutive of croc hook, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse krōkr hook Date: 1673 an ornament usually in the form of curved and bent foliage used on the edge of a gable or… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • crocket — noun Any of a series of hook shaped decorative floral elements used in Gothic architecture …   Wiktionary

  • Crocket — Leafy decorations or curls, e.g. on the top of capitals or other surfaces, often in high relief. These are very distinctive of Gothic architecture, so called for their likeness to a crotchet = a hook …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • crocket — n. architectural decoration of curved leaves used at the edge of a spire or gable …   English contemporary dictionary