In ancient Anglo-Saxon England
, the ancestors of the Brockel surname lived near the brock-hole,
or badger hole. While at first glance it would seem that the name is derived from hill, early instances of the name point to the true root as being hole; the sound of the name changed over time until it reached its modern form of Brockel.
Early Origins of the Brockel family
The surname Brockel was first found in Worcestershire
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Brockel family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brockel research.Another 401 words (29 lines of text) covering the years 1275, 1379, 1500, 1742, 1791, 1411, 1383, 1384, 1382, 1385, 1395, 1397, 1399 and 1402 are included under the topic Early Brockel History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Brockel Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Brockel are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Brockel include: Brockhill, Brockhall, Brochole, Brokehole, Brockell, Brockholes and many more.
Early Notables of the Brockel family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Thomas Brockhill (d. 1411), an English politician, appointed High Sheriff
for the period May 1383 to... Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Brockel Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Brockel family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Brockel or a variant listed above: a number of settlers who arrived in the New World by the 19th century.