Brookshank History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The ancestry of the name Brookshank dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived in Yorkshire, where the name is derived from two places with the name Brooksbank in the West Riding. These place names are derived from Old English: brokes, the genitive of broke, which means "brook, stream"; and bank, as in riverbank.  
Early Origins of the Brookshank family
The surname Brookshank was first found in Yorkshire where one of the first listings of the name was Thomas Brokesbank, who was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379. 
Important Dates for the Brookshank family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brookshank research. Another 74 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1802, 1612, 1694, 1756, 1741 and 1743 are included under the topic Early Brookshank History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Brookshank Spelling Variations
Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Brookshank have been found, including Brookbank, Brocksbank, Brookebank, Brooksbank and many more.
Early Notables of the Brookshank family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Brookshank family
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Brookshank, or a variant listed above: Robert Brooksbank who arrived in New York in 1823.
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- ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)