Show ContentsBrockley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

In ancient Anglo-Saxon England, the ancestors of the Brockley surname lived in one of the various settlements called Brockley in the counties of Kerry, Suffolk, or Somerset, or in the place called Brookley in Kerry.

Early Origins of the Brockley family

The surname Brockley was first found in Suffolk, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the Brockley family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brockley research. Another 274 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1200, 1216, 1272, 1311, 1325, 1420, 1500, 1320 and 1420 are included under the topic Early Brockley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Brockley 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 Brockley 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 Brockley include: Brockley, Brocleg, Brokeley, Brokele, Brokkeley, Broclee, Brocklee, Brocleigh and many more.

Early Notables of the Brockley family (pre 1700)

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United States Brockley migration to the United States +

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 Brockley or a variant listed above:

Brockley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Samuel Brockley, who arrived in Virginia in 1702 [1]
  • Catherine Brockley, who sailed to America in 1743
  • Thomas Brockley, who settled in America in 1752

Australia Brockley migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Brockley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Henry Brockley, British Convict who was convicted in Middlesex, England for life, transported aboard the "Countess of Harcourt" on 8th April 1821, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [2]
  • Frederick Brockley, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Andromache" in 1850 [3]
  • Mr. John Brockley, British convict who was convicted in Greater Manchester, England for 10 years, transported aboard the "Cornwall" on 28th February 1851, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [4]

  1. 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)
  2. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 24th March 2021). Retrieved from
  3. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ANDROMACHE 1850. Retrieved
  4. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 11th March 2021). Retrieved from on Facebook