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Where did the English Brooker family come from? What is the English Brooker family crest and coat of arms? When did the Brooker family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Brooker family history?

The vast movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest of England of 1066 brought the Brooker family name to the British Isles. They lived in Essex. The name, however, derives from the family's former residence in Broc, in the area of Anjou, France. [1]

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A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Brook, Brooke, Brookes, Brooks, Brecks, Broocks and others.

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] 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] The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list Alice de la Broke and Laurence del Broc. [4]


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brooker 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 Brooker History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 279 words (20 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Brooker Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Brooker 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.

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Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Brooker or a variant listed above:

Brooker Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Geo Brooker, aged 17, landed in Virginia in 1635
  • Eliza Brooker, who landed in Virginia in 1651
  • Fra Brooker, who arrived in Virginia in 1653

Brooker Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Jacob Brooker, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1740
  • Peter Brooker, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1761

Brooker Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • William Brooker, who landed in New York in 1825
  • Albert Brooker, who landed in America in 1844
  • Robert George Brooker, who arrived in Ohio in 1891

Brooker Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Michael Brooker, who landed in Canada in 1834

Brooker Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Martha Brooker arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Cleveland" in 1839
  • Mary Ann Brooker arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Cleveland" in 1839
  • Michael Brooker arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Cleveland" in 1839
  • Hannah Brooker arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Cleveland" in 1839
  • John Brooker arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Cleveland" in 1839


Brooker Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Thomas Brooker, aged 22, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jessie Readman" in 1872
  • Caroline Brooker, aged 19, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jessie Readman" in 1872
  • John Brooker, aged 17, a porter, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Strathnaver" in 1874
  • David Brooker, aged 16, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Strathnaver" in 1874
  • Frederick Brooker arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Strathnaver" in 1874


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  • James "Jim" Kent Brooker (1902-1973), American bronze medalist pole vaulter at the 1924 Summer Olympics
  • Paul Brooker (b. 1976), English professional footballer from Hammersmith, London
  • Stephen Michael Lord "Steve" Brooker (b. 1981), English football striker
  • Richard Brooker (1954-2013), English stuntman, best known for his role in Friday the 13th Part III
  • Gary Brooker MBE (b. 1945), English singer, songwriter, pianist and founder of the rock band Procol Harum
  • Moira Brooker (b. 1957), English television actress popular in the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and the United States
  • Ralph Anthony "Tony" Brooker (b. 1925), British academic and computer scientist, best known for developing the Mark 1 Autocode in 1954
  • Alex Brooker (b. 1984), British journalist and presenter
  • Todd Brooker (b. 1959), Canadian former alpine ski racer, member of the Crazy Canucks
  • William Edward Brooker (1891-1948), Australian Labor Party politician, 31st Premier of Tasmania (1947-1948)

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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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  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)

Other References

  1. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  2. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  3. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  4. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  5. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  6. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  8. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  9. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  10. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
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The Brooker Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Brooker 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.

This page was last modified on 15 October 2015 at 11:47.

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