The ancestors of the name Brokbank date back to the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Brokbank family lived in Yorkshire
, where the name is derived from two places with the name Brooksbank in the West Riding. These place names are derived from Old English: brokes
, the genitive of broke
, which means "brook, stream"; and bank
, as in riverbank. CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print. CITATION[CLOSE]
Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
Early Origins of the Brokbank family
The surname Brokbank was first found in Yorkshire
where one of the first listings of the name was Thomas Brokesbank, who was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax
Rolls of 1379. CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Early History of the Brokbank family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brokbank research.Another 307 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1802, 1612, 1694, 1756, 1741 and 1743 are included under the topic Early Brokbank History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Brokbank 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 Brokbank 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 Brokbank include: Brookbank, Brocksbank, Brookebank, Brooksbank and many more.
Early Notables of the Brokbank family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Brokbank family to Ireland
Some of the Brokbank family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 82 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Brokbank family to the New World and Oceana
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 Brokbank or a variant listed above: Robert Brooksbank who arrived in New York in 1823.