The present generation of the Broksbank family is only the most recent to bear a name that dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. Their name comes from having lived in Yorkshire
, where the name is derived from two places with the name Brooksbank in the West Riding. These place names are derived from Old English: brokes
, the genitive of broke
, which means "brook, stream"; and bank
, as in riverbank. CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print. CITATION[CLOSE]
Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
Early Origins of the Broksbank family
The surname Broksbank was first found in Yorkshire
where one of the first listings of the name was Thomas Brokesbank, who was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax
Rolls of 1379. CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Early History of the Broksbank family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Broksbank research.Another 74 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1802, 1612, 1694, 1756, 1741 and 1743 are included under the topic Early Broksbank History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Broksbank Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Broksbank include Brookbank, Brocksbank, Brookebank, Brooksbank and many more.
Early Notables of the Broksbank family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Broksbank family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Broksbank were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Robert Brooksbank who arrived in New York in 1823.