The ancestors of the bearers of the Brockless family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England
. They were first found 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 Brockless.
Early Origins of the Brockless family
The surname Brockless was first found in Worcestershire
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Brockless family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brockless 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 Brockless History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Brockless Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Brockless include Brockhill, Brockhall, Brochole, Brokehole, Brockell, Brockholes and many more.
Early Notables of the Brockless 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 Brockless Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Brockless family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Brockless or a variant listed above: a number of settlers who arrived in the New World by the 19th century.
Contemporary Notables of the name Brockless (post 1700)
- Brian Brockless (1926-1995), English composer, organist and conductor