Brokbank History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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. [1] [2]

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. [3]

Early History of the Brokbank family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brokbank research. Another 74 words (5 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)

Another 50 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Brokbank Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Brokbank family

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.



  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)


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