Brocklehurst History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Brocklehurst is generally thought to be of toponymic origin, from a place name located near Accrington, Lancashire. The name is made up of three elements "brock," or "broc" in Middle English, which means "badger," "le," which is most likely a reduction of "hole" or "hollow," and "hurst," or "hyrst" in Old English which denotes a wooded hill. Thus together, this name describes some sort of clearing in the woods, where badgers lived.

Early Origins of the Brocklehurst family

The surname Brocklehurst was first found in the Lancashire Assize Roll where a Ralph de Brockolhurst is mentioned in 1246, Robert de Brokhollhurst is mentioned 1247, a bearer of Brocholehurste is listed in 1294, and a Brocholehirst in 1296.

Early History of the Brocklehurst family

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Brocklehurst Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Bracklehurst, Brackleyhurst, Brocclehurst, Brochelhurst, Brochlehurst, Brocholehirst, Brocholhirstes, Brockelhurts, Brockhillhirst, Brocklahurst, Brocklehirst, Brocklehurst, Brocklehust, Brockleshurst, Brockleurst, Brockleyhurst, Brocklyhurst, Broclehurst,Broculhurst,Brodgleahurst,Broglayhurst,Broglehurst,Brocklauss,Broklehurst,Brokhollhurst,Brooklehurst,Broucklehurst,Brouklehurst,Brucklehurst and many more.

Early Notables of the Brocklehurst family (pre 1700)

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United States Brocklehurst migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Brocklehurst Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • William Brocklehurst, an English convict brought to America from Middlesex county in 1762
Brocklehurst Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Robert Brocklehurst, whose Oath of Allegiance was recorded in Philadelphia in 1813
  • Robert Brocklehurst, who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1813
  • James Brocklehurst, who arrived at age 22 at the port of Philadelphia

New Zealand Brocklehurst migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Brocklehurst Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • William Brocklehurst, aged 28, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Resolute" in 1865
  • Sarah Brocklehurst, aged 28, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Resolute" in 1865
  • Sarah Brocklehurst, aged 11 mths., who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Resolute" in 1865
  • Mr. Brocklehurst, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Wild Duck" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 20th December 1867 [1]
  • Mrs. Brocklehurst, British settler with children travelling from London aboard the ship "Wild Duck" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 20th December 1867 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Brocklehurst (post 1700) +

  • Harry Brocklehurst, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1920 [2]
  • William Coare Brocklehurst (1818-1900), English Liberal Party politician
  • Lieutenant-Colonel William Brocklehurst Brocklehurst (1851-1929), English businessman and Liberal Party politician from Macclesfield in Cheshire, co-founder of William, John & Thomas Brocklehurst & Co (1816-1891), a private bank now part of the Royal Bank of Scotland
  • Sir John Ogilvy Brocklehurst (1926-1981), 3rd Baronet of Swythamley Park
  • Danny Brocklehurst (b. 1971), English BAFTA and International Emmy Award winning screenwriter
  • John Brocklehurst the Younger DL, MP (1788-1870), English silk manufacturer, banker and politician representing Macclesfield, from 1832 to 1868
  • Sir Philip Lancaster Brocklehurst (1827-1904), 1st Baronet of Swythamley Park
  • John Fielden Brocklehurst (1852-1921), English peer, 1st and last Lord Ranksborough, a Major-General of the Cavalry
  • Henry Courtney Brocklehurst (1888-1942), English Lieutenant-Colonel in the 11th Hussars and Royal Air Force, explorer and big game hunter, said to be the first person to shoot a giant Panda, in 1935
  • Philip Brocklehurst (1887-1975), 2nd Baronet of Swythamley Park, English member of Shackleton’s 1907-1909 expedition to Antarctica, eponym of Mount Brocklehurst, Antarctica
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


The Brocklehurst Motto +

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: Veritas me dirigit
Motto Translation: Let the Truth Guide Me


  1. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 11) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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