The name Brokleigh has a long Anglo-Saxon
heritage. The name comes from when a 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 Brokleigh family
The surname Brokleigh was first found in Suffolk
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Brokleigh family
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Brokleigh Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Brokleigh have been found, including Brockley, Brocleg, Brokeley, Brokele, Brokkeley, Broclee, Brocklee, Brocleigh and many more.
Early Notables of the Brokleigh family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Brokleigh family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England
. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England
, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Brokleigh, or a variant listed above: Catherine Brockley who sailed to America in 1743 and Thomas Brockley to America in 1752.