Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is derived from their having lived near a cool stream. The surname Colbroke is derived from the Old English words col, which means cool, and broc, which means brook. Thus, Colbroke is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. However, Colbroke may also belong to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads; in this case, the name Colbroke is derived from residence in or near the settlement of Colebrook in Devon.
Early Origins of the Colbroke family
Surrey where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Colbroke family
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Colbroke Spelling Variations
spelling variations under which the name Colbroke has appeared include Colebrooke, Colbrook, Collbrook, Colebroke, Colbroke, Collbroke and many more.
Early Notables of the Colbroke family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Colbroke family to the New World and Oceana
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Colbroke arrived in North America very early: Robert Colbrook who settled in Philadelphia in 1774; Harriet Colebrooke settled in Maryland in 1775.
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