The English surname Crocker, ultimately of Norman origin, is an habitational name from any of the various places in Normandy, France, called Crèvecoeur (‘heartbreak’), from Old French creve(r) ‘to break or destroy’, ‘to die’ and ceur ‘heart’, a reference to the infertility of the land. The name is first recorded in 1158 when Helias de Creuequeor is registered in the pipe rolls of the county of Suffolk. The earliest record of the name in the New World is in 1620 when Alice Crocker arrived in Virginia from England. Today there are approximately 20,000 bearers of the name Crocker living in the US.
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