The surname Brooklehurst is generally thought to be of toponymic origin, from a place name located near Accrington, Lancashire
. The name is made up of three elements "brock," or "broc" in Middle English, which means "badger," "le," which is most likely a reduction of "hole" or "hollow," and "hurst," or "hyrst" in Old English which denotes a wooded hill. Thus together, this name describes some sort of clearing in the woods, where badgers lived.
Early Origins of the Brooklehurst family
The surname Brooklehurst was first found in the Lancashire
Assize Roll where a Ralph de Brockolhurst is mentioned in 1246, Robert de Brokhollhurst is mentioned 1247, a bearer of Brocholehurste is listed in 1294, and a Brocholehirst in 1296.
Early History of the Brooklehurst family
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Brooklehurst Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Bracklehurst, Brackleyhurst, Brocclehurst, Brochelhurst, Brochlehurst, Brocholehirst, Brocholhirstes, Brockelhurts, Brockhillhirst, Brocklahurst, Brocklehirst, Brocklehurst, Brocklehust, Brockleshurst, Brockleurst, Brockleyhurst, Brocklyhurst, Broclehurst,Broculhurst,Brodgleahurst,Broglayhurst,Broglehurst,Brocklauss,Broklehurst,Brokhollhurst,Brooklehurst,Broucklehurst,Brouklehurst,Brucklehurst and many more.
Early Notables of the Brooklehurst family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Brooklehurst family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: William Brocklehurst, an English convict brought to America from Middlesex county in 1762; Robert Brocklehurst, whose Oath of Allegiance was recorded in Philadelphia in 1813.
The Brooklehurst 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: Veritas me dirigit
Motto Translation: Let the Truth Guide Me