Holbroh History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The name Holbroh is an old Anglo-Saxon name. It comes from when a family lived in the region of Holbrook in Suffolk. The surname Holbroh 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 Holbroh family
The surname Holbroh 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 Holbroh family
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Holbroh Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Holbroh were recorded, including Holbrook, Holbrow, Holbrooks, Holbroake and many more.
Early Notables of the Holbroh family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Holbroh family
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Holbroh family emigrate to North America: Thomas Holbrook settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1630; Charles Holbrick settled in Washington Maryland in 1798; Anne Holbrooke settled in Barbados in 1654.
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