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Where did the English Westbrook family come from? What is the English Westbrook family crest and coat of arms? When did the Westbrook family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Westbrook family history?The ancestors of the name Westbrook date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence in one of the places called Westbrook in Kent, Berkshire, or on the Isle of Wight. The surname Westbrook belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
Westbrook has been spelled many different ways, including Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Westbrooke, Westbrook, Westbrock, Westbrocke and others.
First found in Kent where one of the first records of the name was Reginald de Westbroc who in 1255 was listed in that county's Feet of Fines. A few years later, John de Westbroke was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of 1327. Over one hundred years later, Edmind Westbrook was listed in the Feet of Fines of Essex in 1440.  Another reference lists Richards de Westbrek in Surrey during the reign of Edward I . They were Lords of the manor of Elsted for many years.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Westbrook research. Another 139 words(10 lines of text) covering the years 1616, 1666, 1659, 1660, 1675 and 1743 are included under the topic Early Westbrook History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 75 words(5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Westbrook Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Westbrooks to arrive on North American shores:
Westbrook Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Westbrook Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Westbrook Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
Westbrook Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century
The Westbrook Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Westbrook 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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