Crockett last name popularity, history, and meaning

Find out how popular the last name Crockett is in the United States and learn more about the meaning, history, and race and ethnic origin of people in America who are named Crockett.

Meaning of Crockett

Derived from the Old French word "croquet," meaning a hook or a curl, likely referring to a person's hair.

Crockett, like all of the last names we have data for, is identified by the U.S. Census Bureau as a surname which has more than 100 occurrences in the United States in the Decennial Census survey. The most recent statistics we have for the Crockett surname is from the 2010 census data.

Popularity of Crockett in America

Crockett is the 1507th most popular name in America based on the data we have collected from the U.S. Census Bureau.

The Crockett surname appeared 23,769 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 8 people would have the surname Crockett.

We can also compare 2010 data for Crockett to data from the previous census in 2000. The table below contains all of the statistics for both years in a side-by-side comparison.

2010 2000 Change (%)
Rank 1507 1434 4.96%
Count 23,769 22,850 3.94%
Proportion per 100k 8.06 8.47 -4.96%

The history of the last name Crockett

The surname Crockett is of English origin, derived from the Old English words "croc" meaning a crooked or bent tree or branch, and "hæt" meaning a dwelling place or shelter. The name likely originated as a descriptive term for someone who lived near a crooked tree or dwelling.

Early records of the name date back to the 13th century, with instances found in the Hundred Rolls of Lincolnshire from 1273, where it appears as "de Crokehey" and "de Crokhey." In the 14th century, the spelling "Crokket" appeared in the Pipe Rolls of Staffordshire.

One of the earliest recorded bearers of the name was William Crockett, who was mentioned in the Subsidy Rolls of Suffolk in 1327. The Crockett name is also found in the Domesday Book of 1086, where it appears as "Crochet" in reference to a place name in Worcestershire.

The Crocketts were particularly numerous in the counties of Somerset, Gloucestershire, and Worcestershire in the medieval period. The name is also associated with the village of Crockett in Somerset, which may have been named after an early bearer of the surname.

Among notable historical figures with the surname Crockett, one of the most famous is David Crockett (1786-1836), an American folk hero, frontiersman, and politician who served as a congressman from Tennessee. He is remembered for his exploits in the Creek War and the Alamo.

Other notable Crocketts include:

  1. Samuel Crockett (1759-1799), an American Revolutionary War soldier and early settler in Tennessee.
  2. Davy Crockett (1787-1836), an American frontiersman and politician, nephew of David Crockett.
  3. Walter Crockett (1869-1953), an American baseball player and manager in the early 20th century.
  4. Andrew Crockett (1906-1988), an American football player and coach.
  5. Walter Hill Crockett (1915-2008), an American jurist and legal scholar.

The Crockett surname has a rich history stretching back to medieval England, reflecting the diverse origins and migrations of its bearers throughout the centuries.

Race and ethnic origin of people with the last name Crockett

We also have some data on the ancestry of people with the surname Crockett.

The below race categories are the modified race categories used in the Census Bureau's population estimates program. All people were categorized into six mutually exclusive racial and Hispanic origin groups:

  1. White only
  2. Black only
  3. American Indian and Alaskan Native only
  4. Asian and Pacific Islander only
  5. Hispanic
  6. Two or More Races

For the most recent 2010 census data, the race/ethnic origin breakdown for Crockett was:

Race/Ethnicity Percentage Total Occurrences
Non-Hispanic White Only 61.67% 14,658
Non-Hispanic Black Only 32.34% 7,687
Non-Hispanic Asian and Pacific Islander Only 0.48% 114
Non-Hispanic American Indian and Alaskan Native 0.53% 126
Non-Hispanic of Two or More Races 2.74% 651
Hispanic Origin 2.24% 532

Note: Any fields showing (S) means the data was suppressed for privacy so that the data does not in any way identify any specific individuals.

Since we have data from the previous census in 2000, we can also compare the values to see how the popularity of Crockett has changed in the 10 years between the two census surveys.

2010 2000 Change (%)
White 61.67% 64.42% -4.36%
Black 32.34% 31.77% 1.78%
Asian and Pacific Islander 0.48% 0.34% 34.15%
American Indian and Alaskan Native 0.53% 0.49% 7.84%
Two or More Races 2.74% 1.69% 47.40%
Hispanic 2.24% 1.29% 53.82%

Data source

The last name data and ethnic breakdown of last names is sourced directly from the Decennial Census survey, conducted every 10 years by the United States Census Bureau.

The history and meaning of the name Crockett was researched and written by our team of onomatology and genealogy experts.

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