The Collebrooke name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. Their name comes from having lived near a cool stream. The surname Collebrooke is derived from the Old English words col,
which means cool,
which means brook.
Thus, Collebrooke 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, Collebrooke 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 Collebrooke is derived from residence in or near the settlement of Colebrook in Devon.
Early Origins of the Collebrooke family
The surname Collebrooke 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 Collebrooke family
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Collebrooke Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Collebrooke has undergone many spelling variations
, including Colebrooke, Colbrook, Collbrook, Colebroke, Colbroke, Collbroke and many more.
Early Notables of the Collebrooke family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Collebrooke family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the unstable social climate in England
of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Collebrooke were among those contributors: Robert Colbrook who settled in Philadelphia in 1774; Harriet Colebrooke settled in Maryland in 1775.