The roots of the Anglo-Saxon
name Collbrook come from when the family resided near a cool stream. The surname Collbrook is derived from the Old English words col,
which means cool,
which means brook.
Thus, Collbrook 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, Collbrook 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 Collbrook is derived from residence in or near the settlement of Colebrook in Devon.
Early Origins of the Collbrook family
The surname Collbrook 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 Collbrook family
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Collbrook Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations
are common among early Anglo-Saxon
names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Collbrook has been recorded under many different variations, including Colebrooke, Colbrook, Collbrook, Colebroke, Colbroke, Collbroke and many more.
Early Notables of the Collbrook family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Collbrook family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England
made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Collbrook or a variant listed above: Robert Colbrook who settled in Philadelphia in 1774; Harriet Colebrooke settled in Maryland in 1775.