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

The vast movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest of England of 1066 brought the Brooker family name to the British Isles. They lived in Essex. The name, however, derives from the family's former residence in Broc, in the area of Anjou, France.

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A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Brook, Brooke, Brookes, Brooks, Brecks, Broocks and others.

First found in Essex where they were granted lands by William the Conqueror for their assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brooker research. Another 455 words(32 lines of text) covering the years 1119, 1214, 1592, 1660, 1512, 1560, 1532, 1560, 1569, 1563, 1545, 1660, 1614, 1643, 1664, 1602, 1655, 1652, 1608, 1680, 1685, 1646, 1648, 1632, 1676, 1601, 1683, 1685 and 1890 are included under the topic Early Brooker History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 279 words(20 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Brooker Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Brooker family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 235 words(17 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Brooker or a variant listed above:

Brooker Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Geo Brooker, aged 17, landed in Virginia in 1635
  • Eliza Brooker, who landed in Virginia in 1651
  • Fra Brooker, who arrived in Virginia in 1653

Brooker Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Jacob Brooker, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1740
  • Peter Brooker, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1761

Brooker Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • William Brooker, who landed in New York in 1825
  • Albert Brooker, who landed in America in 1844
  • Robert George Brooker, who arrived in Ohio in 1891

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  • James "Jim" Kent Brooker (1902-1973), American bronze medalist pole vaulter at the 1924 Summer Olympics
  • Moira Brooker (b. 1957), English television actress popular in the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and the United States
  • Gary Brooker MBE (b. 1945), English singer, songwriter, pianist and founder of the rock band Procol Harum
  • Richard Brooker (1954-2013), English stuntman, best known for his role in Friday the 13th Part III
  • Stephen Michael Lord "Steve" Brooker (b. 1981), English football striker
  • Paul Brooker (b. 1976), English professional footballer from Hammersmith, London
  • Bertram Richard Brooker (1888-1955), Canadian writer, painter, and musician, first winner of the Governor General's Award for Fiction in 1936 and regarded as the first Canadian abstract impressionist
  • Charlton "Charlie" Brooker (b. 1971), award-winning British journalist, comic writer and broadcaster
  • Murray Ian Hill Brooker AM (b. 1934), Australian botanist made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2006
  • Justin Brooker (b. 1977), Indigenous Australian professional rugby league footballer who played from 1998 to 2002

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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: Perseverando
Motto Translation: By persevering.

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  2. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  3. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
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  8. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
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  10. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
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The Brooker Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Brooker 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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