Ollbrook History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The origins of the Ollbrook name come from when the Anglo-Saxon tribes ruled over Britain. The name Ollbrook was originally derived from a family having lived in the region of Holbrook in Suffolk. The surname Ollbrook 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 Ollbrook family
The surname Ollbrook 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 Ollbrook family
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Ollbrook Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Ollbrook include Holbrook, Holbrow, Holbrooks, Holbroake and many more.
Early Notables of the Ollbrook family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ollbrook family
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: 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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- ^ Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.