name Brokelay comes from when the family resided in one of the various settlements called Brockley in the counties of Kerry,
, or in the place called Brookley in Kerry.
from ancient times.
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The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations
are common among early Anglo-Saxon
names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Brokelay has been recorded under many different variations, including Brockley, Brocleg, Brokeley, Brokele, Brokkeley, Broclee, Brocklee, Brocleigh and many more.
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England
made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Brokelay or a variant listed above: Catherine Brockley who sailed to America in 1743 and Thomas Brockley to America in 1752.