The origins of the Brokett surname date back to the time of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It comes from an early member of the family who was a young, headstrong person. The surname Brokett is derived from the Old French words broque
which became the Old English words broket
c. 1410. All of these words refer to a stag in its second year with its first set of horns. CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Early Origins of the Brokett family
The surname Brokett was first found in Hertfordshire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Brokett family
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Brokett Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Brokett has been spelled many different ways, including Bocket, Brockett, Brockhead and others.
Early Notables of the Brokett family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Brokett family to Ireland
Some of the Brokett family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Brokett family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Broketts to arrive in North America: John Brocket settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1635; William Brockett settled in Virginia in the same year; John Brocket settled in Delaware in 1785.