Brocket History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The history of the name Brocket goes back those Anglo-Saxon tribes that once ruled over Britain. Such a name was given to a young, headstrong person. The surname Brocket is derived from the Old French words broque and brocke, which became the Old English words broket and brocket c. 1410. All of these words refer to a stag in its second year with its first set of horns. [1]

Early Origins of the Brocket family

The surname Brocket was first found in Hertfordshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Important Dates for the Brocket family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brocket research. Another 124 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1500, 1540, 1611, 1690, 1609, 1662 and 1637 are included under the topic Early Brocket History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Brocket Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Brocket family name include Bocket, Brockett, Brockhead and others.

Early Notables of the Brocket family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Brocket family to Ireland

Some of the Brocket 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 and printed products wherever possible.

Brocket migration to the United States

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Investigation of the origins of family names on the North American continent has revealed that early immigrants bearing the name Brocket or a variant listed above:

Brocket Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Brocket, who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1635
  • Jane Brocket, who landed in Virginia in 1655 [2]
  • William Brocket, who settled in Virginia in 1663
Brocket Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Brocket, who settled in Delaware in 1785

Citations

  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ 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)
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