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The name Brooke was carried to England in the enormous movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Brooke family lived in Essex. The name, however, derives from the family's former residence in Broc, in the area of Anjou, France. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)


Brooke Early Origins



The surname Brooke was first found in Essex. Medieval forms of the name are Ate-Broc, Atte-Broc, Attenbroke and was more often than not pluralized to Brooks and Brookes in modern times. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Originally from the Norman "Broc," meaning "a stream" or "at the brook," one of the first references was of Robert le Broc and Ranyllph le Broc, two knights having estates in Essex in the year 1119. A few years later, Eustace delbroc was listed in the Pipe Rolls of Northumberland in 1130 and Rand de Broc was listed in the Pipe Rolls of Hampshire in 1157. Early in the 13th century, William de la Broke was listed in the Curia Regis Rolls of Surrey in 1208 and Emma de Brokes was listed in the same source but in Suffolk in 1220. [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list Alice de la Broke and Laurence del Bro c. [4]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)

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Brooke Spelling Variations


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Brooke Spelling Variations



Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Brook, Brooke, Brookes, Brooks, Brecks, Broocks and others.

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Brooke Early History


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Brooke Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brooke research. Another 407 words (29 lines of text) covering the years 1214, 1592, 1660, 1512, 1560, 1532, 1560, 1569, 1563, 1545, 1660, 1614, 1643, 1664, 1602, 1655, 1652, 1608, 1680, 1685, 1646, 1648, 1632, 1676, 1601 and 1683 are included under the topic Early Brooke History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Brooke Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Brooke Early Notables (pre 1700)



Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Richard Brooke (died 1569), Sheriff of Cheshire in 1563, he bought the manor of Norton, Cheshire from Henry VIII in 1545 following the dissolution of the monasteries; John Brooke, (died 1660) 1st Baron Cobham, an English politician who sat in the House of...

Another 97 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Brooke Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Brooke In Ireland


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Brooke In Ireland



Some of the Brooke family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 235 words (17 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Brooke or a variant listed above:

Brooke Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Robert Brooke, who landed in New England in 1634
  • Richard Brooke, aged 24, landed in America in 1635
  • Barnabie Brooke, aged 20, arrived in St Christopher in 1635
  • Bazill Brooke, aged 20, landed in Virginia in 1635
  • Elizabeth Brooke, who landed in Maryland in 1637-1638
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Brooke Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Clement Brooke, who landed in South Carolina in 1775

Brooke Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John L Brooke, aged 58, landed in South Carolina in 1812
  • John Brooke of Montgomery, Pennsylvania
  • W Brooke, aged 35, landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1847
  • Ignatius Brooke, who arrived in Maryland in 1848

Brooke Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • W. Brooke arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "William Hyde" in 1849
  • Henry Brooke, English Convict from Berkshire, who was transported aboard the "Aboukir" on December 24, 1851, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 18) Aboukir voyage to Van Diemen's Land and Norfolk Island. [These convicts appear to have all landed in Van Diemen's Land], Australia in 1851 with 280 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/aboukir/1851

Brooke Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Charles Brooke arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Zealandia" in 1861
  • Martha Brooke, aged 24, a housemaid, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Dorette" in 1874
  • Warwick Brooke arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Wanganui" in 1882

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Contemporary Notables of the name Brooke (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Brooke (post 1700)



  • Edward William Brooke III (1919-2015), American politician, United States Senator from Massachusetts (1967-1979), recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • John Van de Brooke, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from California 29th District, 1986
  • Jocelyn Brooke (1908-1966), English author of several unusual and semi-autobiographical novels as well as some poetry
  • Frances Moore Brooke (1724-1789), English novelist who followed her husband to Canada where he was a chaplain to the garrison at Quebec, where she wrote her four-volume "History of Emily Montague," based on Canadian life
  • Sub-Lieutenant Frances Haffey Brooke -Smith GC (1918-1952), British officer awarded the George Cross in the second world war while assigned to Atlantic convoy escort duties
  • Rupert Chawner Brooke (1887-1915), British poet known for his War Sonnets written during his one day of limited military action in the First World War
  • Baron Henry Brooke (1903-1984), British Conservative Party politician who rose to "Home Secretary" in 1962 and was created a life peer as Baron Brooke of Cumnor in 1966
  • Stopford Augustus Brooke (1832-1916), Irish clergyman and author

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Brooke Historic Events


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Brooke Historic Events




HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Ralph Brooke, British Boy, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Geoffrey Arthur George Brooke, British Sub Lieutenant, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Perseverando
Motto Translation: By persevering.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  2. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  5. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 18) Aboukir voyage to Van Diemen's Land and Norfolk Island. [These convicts appear to have all landed in Van Diemen's Land], Australia in 1851 with 280 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/aboukir/1851

Other References

  1. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  2. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  4. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  5. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  6. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  7. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  8. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  9. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  10. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  11. ...

The Brooke Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Brooke Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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