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Today's generation of the Brock family bears a name that was brought to England by the migration wave that was started by the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Brock family lived in Essex. The name, however, derives from the family's former residence in Broc, in the area of Anjou, France. 
The surname Brock was first found in Essex where Ralph Broc was granted lands in Colchester in 1119, and it is thought he was invited to England to support the need for industrialists and trades people. However, some of the family claim Great Oakley, Northampton as their ancient homestead. "Oakley Hall, the seat of Sir Arthur de Capell Broke, Bart., is a picturesque specimen of an old English manor-house. Sir Arthur is lord of the manor, and possesses a right of free warren, granted shortly after the Conquest. The collection of family deeds is one of the finest and most curious in the kingdom, and in beautiful preservation; the dates of some of them are not much later than William I.'s reign. " 
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Brock include Broc, Brock, Brocke, Brockes, Brocks, Brock, Brockx, Broch and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brock research. Another 327 words (23 lines of text) covering the years 1220, 1214, 1275 and 1812 are included under the topic Early Brock History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Brock Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Brock family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Brocks to arrive on North American shores:
Brock Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Brock Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Brock Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Brock Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Brock Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
Brock Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
Brock Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
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: Virescit vulnere virtus
Motto Translation: Courage grows stronger at the wound.
The Brock Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Brock 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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