Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from the family once having lived 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 Brokkelay family
Suffolk, where they held a family seat from ancient times.
Early History of the Brokkelay family
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Brokkelay Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Brokkelay family name include Brockley, Brocleg, Brokeley, Brokele, Brokkeley, Broclee, Brocklee, Brocleigh and many more.
Early Notables of the Brokkelay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Brokkelay family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Brokkelay surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Catherine Brockley who sailed to America in 1743 and Thomas Brockley to America in 1752.
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