The surname Philbrook was derived from Felbrigg, a small village just south of Cromer in Norfolk
. The place dates back to the Domesday Book
where it was part of the North Erpingham Hundred
and named Felebruge. The name was derived from the Old Norse "fjol" + the Old English word "brycg" and meant "bridge made of planks." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Today the Felbrigg Estate is owned by the National Trust and covers 1,760 acres and in the village church, 14th-century brasses of Sir Simon de Felbrigge and his wife can be viewed.
Early Origins of the Philbrook family
The surname Philbrook was first found in Norfolk
at Felbrigg, a parish, in the union of Erpingham, hundred
of North Erpingham. The church of Felbrigg gives evidence of the first record of the family. "On a large marble slab in the nave, is a fine brass representing the figure, in complete armour, of Sir Simon de Felbrigge, who lived in the reign of Henry VI., and was one of the early knights of the Garter." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
He was born in Erpingham in 1367 and died there in 1443. He was son of Sir Roger Fylbrigg de Felbrigge (c.
1316-1380.) And he was son of Simon de Felbrigge, Lord of Felbrigge (c.
1274-1351.) His father Roger de Felbrigge (le Bigod), (1254-1295) was son of Sir Simon le Bigod. Conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant
of the lands of Felbrigg, Metton under-tenant of Roger Bigod who was recorded in the Domesday Book CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
census of 1086. Sir Simon de Felbrigge, son of Sir Roger Bigod, assumed the name of Felbrigg.
Early History of the Philbrook family
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Philbrook Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations
. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Felbridge, Fellbridge, Felbrigge, Felbrige, Felbridg, Fellbrygge and many more.
Early Notables of the Philbrook family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Philbrook family to the New World and Oceana
Because of the political and religious discontent in England
, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Philbrook name or one of its variants:
Philbrook Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Thomas Philbrook (Philbrick) who arrived at Watertown Massachusetts in 1633
Philbrook Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- C. H. Philbrook, aged 33, who landed in America, in 1894
- Chas. Philbrook, aged 52, who emigrated to America from Soreton, in 1898
Philbrook Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Florence Philbrook, aged 34, who landed in America, in 1909
- G. W. Philbrook, who settled in America, in 1912
- Edward Philbrook, aged 46, who emigrated to the United States, in 1917
- Harold John Philbrook, aged 34, who emigrated to the United States, in 1919
- Harold Philbrook, who landed in America, in 1920
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Contemporary Notables of the name Philbrook (post 1700)
- Warren C. Philbrook (1857-1933), American politician, lawyer and judge from Maine
- Mary Philbrook (1872-1958), early American supporter of women's equal rights
- James Philbrook (1924-1982), American actor
- Simon Philbrook (b. 1965), English cricketer
- Frank A. Philbrook (b. 1931), Canadian Liberal party member of the Canadian House of Commons