Halbrook History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The ancient history of the Halbrook name begins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the family resided in the region of Holbrook in Suffolk. The surname Halbrook originally referred to a "sunken stream"or "hollow brook", "brook in a hollow" in Old English.  "Holbrook is an ancient surname in the east of England. As Holebrok we find it six centuries ago in Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire, Suffolk, and also in Northamptonshire. There are parishes, etc., named Holbrook in the counties of Derby, Warwick, Gloucester, Dorset, and Sussex." 
Early Origins of the Halbrook family
The surname Halbrook was first found in Suffolk at Holbrook, a parish, in the incorporation and hundred of Samford or at Holbrook in Derbyshire, a chapelry, in the parish of Duffield, union of Belper, hundred of Appletree. Both locations are listed in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Holebroc  Literally, the place name means "hollow brook, brook in a hollow," from the Old English words "hol" + "broc."  "Holbrook Hall is a fine old mansion, surrounded with 300 acres of land"  built in the 17th century. The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 include some of the first entries for the family: William de Holebrok, Lincolnshire; Richard de Holebrokke, Suffolk; and Roger de Holebrokke, Nottinghamshire.  Kirby's Quest listed Isota Holebrok, in Somerset, temp. 1 Edward III.  Later the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 listed William Holbroke. 
Important Dates for the Halbrook family
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Halbrook Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Halbrook include Holbrook, Holbrow, Holbrooks, Holbroake and many more.
Early Notables of the Halbrook family (pre 1700)
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Halbrook migration to the United States
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Halbrook or a variant listed above:
Halbrook Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Roy C Halbrook, aged 32, who arrived in America, in 1911
- Edward Halbrook, aged 63, who arrived in America, in 1913
- John F. Halbrook, aged 56, who arrived in Holbrook, Massachusetts in 1915
- Jerome Halbrook, aged 29, who arrived in America, in 1917
Halbrook migration to Canada
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Halbrook Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
- Dolly Halbrook, aged 20, who arrived in Ottawa, Canada, in 1912
- Mary Halbrook, aged 58, who arrived in Ottawa, Canada, in 1912
Contemporary Notables of the name Halbrook (post 1700)
- Brad Halbrook, American politician, Republican member of the Illinois General Assembly
- Kristin Halbrook, American author of young adult fiction, best known for her first novel, Nobody But Us
- Harvey Wade "Swede" Halbrook (1933-1988), American former NBA player who played from 1960-1962
- Robert L. Halbrook Jr., American Republican politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives from Wayne County 1st District, 1960 
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