Brookshire History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Brookshire is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from the family once having lived by a small grove of trees near a stream. The surname Brookshire is probably derived from a place named Brookshaw which was in the eastern part of Cheshire county. However, its exact location remains unknown in modern times.

Early Origins of the Brookshire family

The surname Brookshire was first found in Cheshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the Brookshire family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brookshire research. Another 209 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1500, 1574, 1611, 1618, 1670, 1700, and 1775 are included under the topic Early Brookshire History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Brookshire Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Brookshire family name include Brookshaw, Brookeshawe, Bruckshaw, Brookshawe, Brokeshaw, Brukshaw, Brookshire and many more.

Early Notables of the Brookshire family (pre 1700)

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United States Brookshire migration to the United States +

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Brookshire surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Brookshire Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • E. Brookshire, who arrived in San Francisco in 1852

Contemporary Notables of the name Brookshire (post 1700) +

  • Captain Nathen Brookshire, American namesake of Brookshire, Texas, who received title to land there in 1835
  • Stanford Raynold "Stan" Brookshire (1905-1990), American politician, Mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina (1961-1969)
  • Bradley Brookshire, American harpsichordist and conductor
  • W. A. Brookshire, American politician, Member of Missouri State Senate 26th District, 1923-26 [1]
  • Van Brookshire (b. 1967), American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Texas State Senate 3rd District, 2000; Candidate for U.S. Representative from Texas 2nd District, 2002 [1]
  • Tom Brookshire, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1948, 1956 (alternate) [1]
  • Homer Brookshire, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from North Carolina, 1964 [1]
  • Elijah Voorhees Brookshire (1856-1936), American Democrat politician, U.S. Representative from Indiana 8th District, 1889-95 [1]

  1. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 13) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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