Brooksbank History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The origins of the Brooksbank name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It comes from when the family lived in Yorkshire, where the name is derived from two places with the name Brooksbank in the West Riding. These place names are derived from Old English: brokes, the genitive of broke, which means "brook, stream"; and bank, as in riverbank. [1] [2]

Early Origins of the Brooksbank family

The surname Brooksbank was first found in Yorkshire where one of the first listings of the name was Thomas Brokesbank, who was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379. [3]

Important Dates for the Brooksbank family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brooksbank research. Another 74 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1802, 1612, 1694, 1756, 1741 and 1743 are included under the topic Early Brooksbank History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Brooksbank Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Brooksbank were recorded, including Brookbank, Brocksbank, Brookebank, Brooksbank and many more.

Early Notables of the Brooksbank family (pre 1700)

Another 50 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Brooksbank Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Brooksbank migration to the United States

To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Brooksbank family emigrate to North America:

Brooksbank Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Robert Brooksbank who arrived in New York in 1823

Brooksbank migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Brooksbank Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • A Brooksbank, who landed in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907

Contemporary Notables of the name Brooksbank (post 1700)

  • Sir Edward William Brooksbank (1915-1983), English public official, 2nd Baronet Brooksbank, of Healaugh Manor, county Yorkshire, High Sheriff of Yorkshire in 1967
  • Sir Edward Nicholas Brooksbank (b. 1944), 3rd Baronet Brooksbank, English Army officer
  • Sir Edward Clitherow Brooksbank (1858-1943), 1st Baronet Brooksbank, Justice of the Peace and a Deputy Lieutenant for the West Riding of Yorkshire
  • Peter Brooksbank, Mathematics Department, Bucknell University, PA

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  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  3. ^ 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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