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An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright 2000 - 2014

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Where did the English Brock family come from? What is the English Brock family crest and coat of arms? When did the Brock family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Brock family history?

Today's generation of the Brock family bears a name that was brought to England by the migration wave that was started by the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Brock family lived in Essex. The name, however, derives from the family's former residence in Broc, in the area of Anjou, France.


Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Brock include Broc, Brock, Brocke, Brockes, Brocks, Brock, Brockx, Broch and many more.

First found in Essex where Ralph Broc was granted lands in Colchester in 1119, and it is thought he was invited to England to support the need for industrialists and trades people.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brock research. Another 280 words(20 lines of text) covering the years 1214, 1220, 1275, and 1812 are included under the topic Early Brock History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Brock Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Brock family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 89 words(6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Brocks to arrive on North American shores:

Brock Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Lawrence Brock settled in Barbados in 1635
  • Lawrence Brock, aged 18, landed in Barbados in 1635
  • Richard Brock, who arrived in Maryland in 1635
  • Wm Brock, who landed in Virginia in 1637
  • John Brock, who arrived in New England in 1637

Brock Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Misar Brock, who landed in Virginia in 1701
  • Philip Brock, who arrived in Virginia in 1702
  • Robert Brock, who arrived in Virginia in 1722
  • Rudolph Brock, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1733
  • Friedrich Brock came to Philadelphia in 1733

Brock Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Elisa Brock, who landed in Texas in 1846
  • C Brock, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • Meyer Brock, who arrived in New York, NY in 1850
  • Veils Brock, who arrived in New York, NY in 1850
  • R Brock, who landed in New York in 1850

Brock Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century

  • William A Brock, who arrived in Colorado in 1906


  • William Emerson "Bill" Brock Brock III (b. 1930), American politician, U.S. Senator from Tennessee (1971-1977)
  • Brigadier-General Ronald Cornelius Brock (1895-1984), American Commanding Officer Artillery 65th Division (1943-1945)
  • Charles Edmund Brock (1870-1938), English line artist and book illustrator
  • Sir Russell Claude Brock (1903-1980), English surgeon, Lord Brock of Wimbledon, pioneer of open-heart surger
  • William H Brock (b. 1936), English Professor of Chemistry at University of Leicester
  • Edwin Brock (1927-1997), British poet
  • Peter Brock (1945-2006), Australian motor racing driver
  • Sir Isaac Brock (1769-1812), British Major-General and administrator, killed in the Battle of Queenston Heights, Niagara Falls, Canada
  • Sir Thomas Brock (1847-1922), British sculptor who created the Queen Victoria Monument in front of Buckingham Palace
  • Tony Brock (b. 1954), British drummer


  • Brief Outline of the Brock Family of Shenandoah Valley, Virginia by Franklin A. Zirkle.

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Virescit vulnere virtus
Motto Translation: Courage grows stronger at the wound.


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The Brock Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Brock Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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