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From Old English bēan (bean) + croft (enclosed field).

Proper noun


Bancroft (countable and uncountable, plural Bancrofts)

  1. (uncountable) A placename:
    1. A suburban area of Stantonbury parish, Milton Keynes borough, Buckinghamshire, England (OS grid ref SP8340).
    2. A rural locality in North Burnett Region, Queensland, Australia.
    3. A town in Ontario, Canada.
    4. An unincorporated community in Contra Costa County, California, United States.
    5. A city in Caribou County, Idaho, United States.
    6. A city in Kossuth County, Iowa, United States.
    7. A city in Jefferson County, Kentucky, United States.
    8. An unincorporated community in Beauregard Parish, Louisiana, United States.
    9. A town in Aroostook County, Maine, United States.
    10. A village in Shiawassee County, Michigan, United States.
    11. An unincorporated community in Daviess County, Missouri, United States.
    12. A village in Cuming County, Nebraska, United States.
    13. A town in Kingsbury County, South Dakota, United States.
    14. A town in Putnam County, West Virginia, United States.
    15. A census-designated place in Portage County, Wisconsin, United States.
  2. (countable) A habitational surname from Old English.

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  • According to the 2010 United States Census, Bancroft is the 6,315th most common surname in the United States, belonging to 5,404 individuals. Bancroft is most common among White (91.82%) individuals.

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