The ancestors of the name Brokeley date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence 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 Brokeley family
The surname Brokeley was first found in Suffolk
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Brokeley family
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Brokeley Spelling Variations
Brokeley has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Brokeley have been found, including Brockley, Brocleg, Brokeley, Brokele, Brokkeley, Broclee, Brocklee, Brocleigh and many more.
Early Notables of the Brokeley family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Brokeley family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Brokeleys to arrive on North American shores: Catherine Brockley who sailed to America in 1743 and Thomas Brockley to America in 1752.