Of all the Anglo-Saxon
names to come from Britain, Colebroke is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived near a cool stream. The surname Colebroke is derived from the Old English words col,
which means cool,
which means brook.
Thus, Colebroke 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, Colebroke 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 Colebroke is derived from residence in or near the settlement of Colebrook in Devon.
Early Origins of the Colebroke family
The surname Colebroke was first found in 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 Colebroke family
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Colebroke Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Colebroke has been spelled many different ways, including Colebrooke, Colbrook, Collbrook, Colebroke, Colbroke, Collbroke and many more.
Early Notables of the Colebroke family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Colebroke family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Colebrokes to arrive in North America: Robert Colbrook who settled in Philadelphia in 1774; Harriet Colebrooke settled in Maryland in 1775.