Brockbank History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The roots of the Anglo-Saxon name Brockbank come from when the family resided 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 Brockbank family

The surname Brockbank 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]

Early History of the Brockbank family

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

Brockbank Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Brockbank has been recorded under many different variations, including Brookbank, Brocksbank, Brookebank, Brooksbank and many more.

Early Notables of the Brockbank family (pre 1700)

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


United States Brockbank migration to the United States +

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Brockbank or a variant listed above:

Brockbank Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Margaret Brockbank, aged 37, originally from Birmingham, England, who arrived in New York in 1921 aboard the ship "Carmania" from Liverpool, England [4]
  • Alexander Brockbank, aged 50, who arrived in New York in 1921 aboard the ship "Sagua" from San Juan, Puerto Rico [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Brockbank (post 1700) +

  • Greg Brockbank, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 2008 [6]


  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)
  4. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6NZ-V49 : 6 December 2014), Margaret Brockbank, 08 Aug 1921; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Carmania, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  5. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J62H-3YF : 6 December 2014), Alexander Brockbank, 16 Oct 1921; citing departure port San Juan, Puerto Rico, arrival port New York, ship name Sagua, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 11) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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