name Brookbanks comes from the family having resided 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 Brookbanks family
The surname Brookbanks 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 Brookbanks family
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Brookbanks Spelling Variations
Brookbanks has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Spelling variants included: Brookbank, Brocksbank, Brookebank, Brooksbank and many more.
Early Notables of the Brookbanks family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Brookbanks family to Ireland
Some of the Brookbanks family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 82 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Brookbanks family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Brookbankss to arrive on North American shores: Robert Brooksbank who arrived in New York in 1823.