Brabrooke History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The origins of the Brabrooke name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It comes from when the family lived in or near the settlement of Braybrooke in Northamptonshire.
Early Origins of the Brabrooke family
The surname Brabrooke was first found in Northampton in Braybrook(e), a parish, in the union of Market-Harborough, hundred of Rothwell.  The place name derived its name from Saxon times and the term "Brada-broc" meaning "the broad brook",  By the time of the Domesday Book of 1086, the place name had evolved to Bradebroc, Braibroc in the Pipe Rolls of 1163, and as Brabroc in the Feet of Fines of 1197.
Robert de Braibroc was a Baron by tenure temp. King John. Also known as Robert of Braybrooke or Robert le May (1168-1210), he was a medieval landowner, justice and sheriff. He was born at Braybrooke, Northamptonshire, son of justiciar Ingebald de Braybrooke. His son Henry of Braybrooke (died 1234) was an undersheriff of Rutlandshire, Buckinghamshire, and Northamptonshire. 
The family held Braybrook Castle, originally a manor home, but by the late 13th century, the estate has passed into the hands of the Latymer family.
Later, Sir Gerard Braybrooke I (c.1332-1403), of Colmworth, Bedfordshire and Horsenden, Buckinghamshire, was an English politician, Member of Parliament for Bedfordshire (1377-1390.) He had two sons: Sir Gerard Braybrooke (before 1354-1429), an English politician, Member of Parliament for Bedfordshire (1388-1399) and for Essex (1402-1417); and Sir Reynold Braybrooke (c.1356-1405), another English politician, Member of Parliament for Kent in 1404. He died from a battle wound on 20 September 1405.
Baron Braybrooke, of Braybrooke in the County of Northampton, is a title created in 1788 for John Griffin, 4th Baron Howard de Walden and has no relationship to this family.
Early History of the Brabrooke family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brabrooke research. Another 81 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1390, 1404, 1381, 1382, 1382, 1383, 1394, 1397, 1356, 1405, 1404 and 1405 are included under the topic Early Brabrooke History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Brabrooke 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 Brabrooke were recorded, including Braybrook, Braybrooke, Brailbroc and others.
Early Notables of the Brabrooke family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Robert Braybrooke (d. 1404), medieval Dean of Salisbury and Bishop of London, nominated (1381) and consecrated in 1382, named Lord Chancellor of England in 1382, out of the...
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Migration of the Brabrooke family
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 Brabrooke family emigrate to North America: John Braybrook who settled in New England in 1630.
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- ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print