Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence near a cool stream. The surname Colbrooke is derived from the Old English words col, which means cool, and broc, which means brook. Thus, Colbrooke 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, Colbrooke 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 Colbrooke is derived from residence in or near the settlement of Colebrook in Devon.
Early Origins of the Colbrooke 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 Colbrooke family
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Colbrooke Spelling Variations
hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Colbrooke have been found, including Colebrooke, Colbrook, Collbrook, Colebroke, Colbroke, Collbroke and many more.
Early Notables of the Colbrooke family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Colbrooke family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Colbrookes to arrive on North American shores: Robert Colbrook who settled in Philadelphia in 1774; Harriet Colebrooke settled in Maryland in 1775.
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