Of all the Anglo-Saxon
names to come from Britain, Brockil is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having 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 Brockil.
Early Origins of the Brockil family
The surname Brockil was first found in Worcestershire
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Brockil family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brockil 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 Brockil History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Brockil Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Brockil has been spelled many different ways, including Brockhill, Brockhall, Brochole, Brokehole, Brockell, Brockholes and many more.
Early Notables of the Brockil 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 Brockil Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Brockil family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Brockils to arrive in North America: a number of settlers who arrived in the New World by the 19th century.