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Early Origins of the Brocas family

The surname Brocas was first found in Dunbarton county. The family trace their ancestry to southwestern France where "families of the name De Brocas are found in Guinne and Gascony in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. Two places, one probably the oldest in the arrondissement of Mont de Marsan and canton de Labrit (D'AIbret) and the other in the arrondissement of St. Sever. John Brocaz had payment in 1338 for "the safe custody of the marches of Scotland" [1]

Sir Bernard Brocas (1330?-1395), was the third son of Sir John de Brocas, knight, of Clewer and Windsor, Master of the Horse to King Edward III. "The family came from Gascony, where they had fought and suffered for the English cause against the French for several generations before John de Brocas became an officer of the household of Edward II, and settled in England. Brocas was one of the favourite knights of the Black Prince, with whom he was certainly present at the battle of Poitiers." [2]

Early History of the Brocas family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brocas research. Another 273 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1298, 1365, 1314, 1326, 1330, 1395, 1338, 1489, 1489, 1493, 1532, 1536, 1562, 1588, 1602, 1649, 1660, 1660, 1330, 1395, 1382, 1400, 1762, 1837, 1798, 1873, 1792, 1847, 1794, 1868, 1395 and 1625 are included under the topic Early Brocas History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Brocas Spelling Variations

Prior to the first dictionaries, scribes spelled words according to sound. This, and the fact that Scottish names were repeatedly translated from Gaelic to English and back, contributed to the enormous number of spelling variations in Scottish names. Brocas has been spelled Brocas, Brockas, Brockhurst, Brockhouse, Brockus, Brocass and many more.

Early Notables of the Brocas family (pre 1700)

Notable among the family at this time was William Brokkas who forswore allegiance to the Queen for his clan; and Sir Bernard Brocas or Barnard Brocas Sr., (1330-1395), an English prominent commander in the English army during King Edward III's French campaigns of the Hundred Years...
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Ireland Migration of the Brocas family to Ireland

Some of the Brocas family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Brocas migration to the United States +

In such difficult times, the difficulties of raising the money to cross the Atlantic to North America did not seem so large compared to the problems of keeping a family together in Scotland. It was a journey well worth the cost, since it was rewarded with land and freedom the Scots could not find at home. The American War of Independence solidified that freedom, and many of those settlers went on to play important parts in the forging of a great nation. Among them:

Brocas Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • George Brocas who settled in Virginia 1642
  • Georg Brocas, who landed in Virginia in 1642 [3]
  • George, Tabitha and John Brocas, who settled in Virginia in 1650
  • John Brocas, who arrived in Virginia in 1651 [3]
  • Tabithe Brocas, who settled in Virginia in 1653
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Brocas Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • William Brocas, who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1766
Brocas Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • M Brocas, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1871 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Brocas (post 1700) +

  • Isabelle Brocas, Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Southern California
  • Henry Brocas (1762-1837), Irish landscape painter and as a drawing-master in the Dublin schools

  1. Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  2. Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  3. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8) on Facebook