Sambrooks History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Sambrooks was brought to England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Sambrooks family lived in Shropshire. Their name is derived from the Old English word Semebre, and indicates that the original bearer of the name lived near a sandy stream or sandy brook. [1]

Early Origins of the Sambrooks family

The surname Sambrooks was first found in Shropshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Sambrook in that shire. [2]

Conjecturally the family name is descended from Turold, a Norman noble, who held the village of Sambrook at the time of the taking of the Domesday Book, [3] a census of England initiated by Duke William of Normandy in 1086, after his conquest of England at Hastings in 1066 A.D. Turold held the village of Sambrook from his tenant-in-chief, the overlord, Earl Roger. The original Saxon name of the village, pre conquest, was Semembre, and the village consisted of a Mill and a few houses.

Early History of the Sambrooks family

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Sambrooks Spelling Variations

Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Semembre, Sambrook, Sambrooke, Sembrooke, Sembrook, Sanbrook, Sanbrooke, Sandbrooke, Sandbrook and many more.

Early Notables of the Sambrooks family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Sambrooks family

To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Sambrooks or a variant listed above: John Sambrooke who settled in Barbados in 1660; Thomas Sandbrooke who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1635.



  1. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Barber, Henry, British Family Names London: Elliot Stock, 62 Paternoster Row, 1894. Print.
  3. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)


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