I believe this stands for Criket or Criquet, a name frequently found in England during the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. In Leland's list this and the following name (both spelt with g) are given as "Griketot et Grevequer," and there is every reason to believe that Criket was an abbreviation of Criketot, or Criquetot, a baronial family that came over with the Conqueror from Criquetot (now Cristot) near Dieppe, and bore Lozengee Or and Sable. Ansgar de Criquetot held lands in Suffolk from Mandeville in 1086. Ralph de Crichetot held Upper Hayton in Shropshire under Hugh de Lacy in 1165 (Liber Niger) and his descendants are mentioned there in 1265. "William, the son of William de Criquetot, married Agnes, the eldest of the sisters and co-heirs of William le Blund, slain at Evesham, without issue, whereby one moiety of the inheritance of her barony came to William his son; who having taken to wife Mary, the daughter of Gilbert Peche, by whom he had issue, William, his son and heir, died 6 Ed. I.; which William married Joan de Watevil, and left issue another William, who wedded Isabel Bracebridge, and had issue by her, William, whose wife was Joan Poynings, by whom he was father of William, who died issueless; Edmund, a canon at Ixworth, in Suffolk; and Joan, a nun at Campes."—Banks, They gave their name to Criketot in Suffolk, and to a manor they held in Norfolk of Lord Bardolph; now "corrupted in its spelling and pronunciation to Keritoft alias Crytoft's Manor." Simon de Criketot, in 1239, settled it on Emma, daughter of Ralf de Criketot.—Blomfield. An earlier Ralph de Criketot, and Isabel his wife, had been benefactors of Holme Abbey in the time of Stephen.

In Dorsetshire we find the Crukets seated at Cruketsway in the parish of Broadway, temp. Henry III. One of them married Joanna, daughter and co-heir of Philip de Sarmunville; his Christian name is not given, but it may have been the same John de Cruket who occurs in 1268 as a benefactor of Abbotsbury Abbey. He held of the Poyntz's, as did his successor, William, who died in 1313, leaving Michael his son and heir upwards forty years of age. Two years afterwards, Michael conveyed some land, &c, to Richard de Cruket, of course a kinsman. The last mentioned is William Brickett (Crickett?) 20 Ed. III.—Hutchin's Dorset.

In Herefordshire, the eldest sister and co-heir of Sir Richard de Frenes, Lord of Moccas Castle, who died about 1375, married Roger de Criketot.—Robinson's Castles of Herefordshire and their Lords. It is not stated whether this Alice de Frenes left descendants, but the name was not extinct in the following century. William Criketot is found on a list of the county gentry made in 1433.

-- Cleveland

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