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The surname Brooksby was first found in Leicestershire at Brooksby. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held extensive estates. The early history of this name is so complex that for serious student interested in further research of the early history of the surname we recommend the ancient Harleian Manuscripts which are in the archives of the British Museum. These Manuscripts are a Catalogue of the Herald's Visitations between 1510 and 1600. This distinguished surname Brookesby of Broughton, Stapleford, Shollesly of Leicestershire, Brokesby of Lancashire, and Brookesby of Kilvington in Nottingham are all recorded in MS 1400, MS 1180, 1189, 1195, (in various folios) and others.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Brookesby, Brooksby, Brokesby, Brooksbie, Brookebee, Brocksby, Broxby, Booxby, Broockesby, Brockby, Brokeby, Brokesbourn and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brooksby research. Another 145 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1712, 1235, 1220, 1637, 1714 and 1605 are included under the topic Early Brooksby History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 145 words (10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Brooksby Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Brooksby Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Anthony Brooksby, who landed in Maryland in 1660

Brooksby Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • John Brooksby, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749

Brooksby Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • James Brooksby, aged 34, a farm labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Carnatic"
  • Joseph Brooksby, aged 31, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Carnatic"

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  • Barry Brooksby, American guitarist
  • Glen Brooksby, Electrical Engineer at General Electric Corporate Research and Development, New York


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  2. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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  5. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  6. 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.
  7. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  8. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  9. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. 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 Brooksby Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Brooksby 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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