The name Broklay is of Anglo-Saxon
origin and came from when the family 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 Broklay family
The surname Broklay was first found in Suffolk
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Broklay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Broklay research.Another 547 words (39 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1200, 1216, 1272, 1311, 1325, 1420, 1500, 1320 and 1420 are included under the topic Early Broklay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Broklay 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 Broklay 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. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Broklay include: Brockley, Brocleg, Brokeley, Brokele, Brokkeley, Broclee, Brocklee, Brocleigh and many more.
Early Notables of the Broklay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Broklay family to the New World and Oceana
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 Broklay or a variant listed above: Catherine Brockley who sailed to America in 1743 and Thomas Brockley to America in 1752.