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Crackett Name Study

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Surnames/tags: Crackett Cracket Craket
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How to Join

Please contact the project leader Lynda Crackett or post a comment at the foot of the page. If you have any questions, just ask. Thanks!

Goals - All locations

This is a One Name Study to research the Crackett surname and its variants. The hope is that other researchers like you will join our study to help make it a valuable reference point for people studying lines that cross or intersect. The study is planned to consider any profile with birth name Crackett or variant, anywhere in the world. The main variants are Cracket and Crackett, but the name was subject to many variations due to interpretation of local accents and misspelling. In England most of the Cracket families changed the spelling to Crackett in the 1800s, so many people have birth name Cracket and burial name Crackett.

The main objectives are to collect and connect together as many as possible and identify origins. The study manager currently has a database with many hundred candidates which can be added gradually to Wikitree to supplement other contributions.

Sub-objectives include:

Connecting individual lines in Northumberland, England

Many of the Crackett lines spread around the world can be traced back to the area around Lowick in Northumberland in the 1700s. However, it is difficult to connect the various lines in that location and timeframe due to gaps in the paper trail. The family were Non-Conformist, so some records cannot be easily traced online and require detailed follow up at the archives. Another challenge is that they lived in the region just south of the Scottish border and refused to marry in the Church of England, so they availed themselves of the opportunity of Irregular Cross Border Marriages, for which documentation is sketchy.

Where were they before Lowick?

The lack of paper trail means that several lines hit a brick wall in the 1700s in the Lowick / Berwick area. They may have come from over the border in Scotland or perhaps from Ireland. Any help in tracing the origin of these lines would be welcomed.

Was Crackett originally Crockett?

There is some indication that there can be a connection between the Cracket line around Lowick and Crocate, Crokat lines around Berwick and Spittal. This raises the question of whether the name may have originated from Crocket or Crockett.


There are currently few testers with Crackett in their trees at any of the major DNA testing companies. We hope that more Crackett descendants will test as the project grows.

Task List for Members

  1. Add new profiles
  2. Work on profiles that are unsourced
  3. Consider insights into origins

Task List for Admin

  1. Clear up error in setting up page
  2. Edit joining instructions to include how to add a profile to the project
  3. Add information about locations and migration
  4. Add others to study
  5. Publish to G2G

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Hi! I added text to the companion category for your name study (Category:Crackett Name Study). Feel free to edit it. The default for the template is to add the main category, but you can add a line to have a different category. See the ONS template page for details. Give me a holler if you have any questions about categorization.

I also edicted Project:Crackett to be a redirect to this page, so the button from the Crackett surname page for Crackett Project now brings you to this page.

Cheers, Liz

posted by Liz (Noland) Shifflett