The present generation of the Brogell family is only the most recent to bear a name that dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. Their name comes from 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 Brogell.
Early Origins of the Brogell family
The surname Brogell was first found in Worcestershire
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Brogell family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brogell 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 Brogell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Brogell Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Brogell include Brockhill, Brockhall, Brochole, Brokehole, Brockell, Brockholes and many more.
Early Notables of the Brogell 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 Brogell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Brogell family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Brogell were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: a number of settlers who arrived in the New World by the 19th century.