Brooking History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

When the ancestors of the Brooking family emigrated to England following the Norman Conquest in 1066 they brought their family name with them. They lived in Essex. The name, however, derives from the family's former residence in Broc, in the area of Anjou, France. [1]

Early Origins of the Brooking family

The surname Brooking 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]

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]

Important Dates for the Brooking family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brooking research. Another 204 words (15 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, 1683, 1685 and are included under the topic Early Brooking History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Brooking Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Brooking has been recorded under many different variations, including Brook, Brooke, Brookes, Brooks, Brecks, Broocks and others.

Early Notables of the Brooking family (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 Commons at various times between 1614 and 1643; Sir Henry Brooke, 1st Baronet (died 1664), an English soldier and politician; Robert Brooke, Sr...
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Migration of the Brooking family to Ireland

Some of the Brooking family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Brooking migration to the United States

To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Brookings were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:

Brooking Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • B Brooking, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 [5]

Brooking migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Brooking Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Fanny Brooking, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Ascendant" in 1849 [6]
  • John Brooking, aged 51, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Rodney" [7]
  • Elizabeth Brooking, aged 28, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Rodney" [7]
  • Mr. Samuel Brooking, (b. 1857), aged 21, Cornish farm labourer travelling aboard the ship "Samuel Plimsoll" arriving in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia on 28th July 1878 [8]
  • Mrs. Johanna Brooking, (b. 1857), aged 21, Cornish settler travelling aboard the ship "Samuel Plimsoll" arriving in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia on 28th July 1878 [8]
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Brooking migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Brooking Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Brooking, (b. 1816), aged 25, English carpenter born in Thurleston travelling from Plymouth aboard the ship "Timandra" arriving in New Plymouth, Taranaki, North Island, New Zealand on 24th February 1842 [9]
  • Mrs. Elizabeth Brooking, (b. 1819), aged 21, English settler born in Malborough travelling from Plymouth aboard the ship "Timandra" arriving in New Plymouth, Taranaki, North Island, New Zealand on 24th February 1842 [9]
  • Mr. William Brooking, (b. 1841), aged Infant, British settler travelling from Plymouth aboard the ship "Timandra" arriving in New Plymouth, Taranaki, North Island, New Zealand on 24th February 1842 [9]
  • Miss Ann Brooking, (b. 1837), aged 4, British settler travelling from Plymouth aboard the ship "Timandra" arriving in New Plymouth, Taranaki, North Island, New Zealand on 24th February 1842 [9]
  • Miss Kate Brooking, (b. 1841), aged 6 months, British settler travelling from Plymouth aboard the ship "Timandra" arriving in New Plymouth, Taranaki, North Island, New Zealand on 24th February 1842 [9]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Brooking (post 1700)

  • Keith Brooking (b. 1975), American NFL football linebacker
  • Sir Trevor David Brooking CBE (b. 1948), English football player turned manager from Barking, Essex
  • Charles Brooking (1677-1738), English painter and decorator, father of Charles Brooking, the marine painter
  • Charles Brooking (1723-1759), English marine painter
  • Major-General Patrick Guy Brooking CB MBE DL (1937-2014), British Commandant of the British Sector in Berlin

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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. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The ASCENDANT 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Ascendant.htm
  7. ^ South Australian Register Wednesday 21st February 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Rodney 1855. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/rodney1855.shtml
  8. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 19). Emigrants to Australia NSW 1860 -88 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/nsw_passenger_lists_1860_88.pdf
  9. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
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