, where the name is derived from two places with the name Brooksbank in the West Riding. These place names are derived from Old English:
, as in riverbank.
where one of the first listings of the name was Thomas Brokesbank, who was listed in the
Rolls of 1379.
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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.
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.