Washbrook History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Washbrook was carried to England in the enormous movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Washbrook family lived at Waseborne in Devon. Alternatively, the name could have originated Washburn (fuller's stream), in Yorkshire or at Washbourn, a parish in Gloucestershire. [1]

Early Origins of the Washbrook family

The surname Washbrook was first found in Devon where it is related the family took their name from Waseborne in that county soon after the Norman Conquest in 1066. This village was granted to Hermer from Gotshelm.

By the end of the 11th century they had branched to Worcestershire where they became a family great consequence. They were generations of knights at the Manor at the Washbournes intermarring with the distinguished families of Zouch, Corbett, Wysham, Blount and the Earls of Warwick. Sir Roger Washbourne is the first on record.

Later, the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list William de Wassebourn in Huntingdonshire and Anthony Washbourne from Worcestershire was registered at Oxford University (no date given.) [2]

Early History of the Washbrook family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Washbrook research. Another 87 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1631, 1606, 1687 and 1654 are included under the topic Early Washbrook History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Washbrook Spelling Variations

Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Washbourne, Washburn, Washborne, Washborn and others.

Early Notables of the Washbrook family (pre 1700)

Another 36 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Washbrook Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


New Zealand Washbrook migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Washbrook Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Selina Washbrook, aged 20, a servant, who arrived in Westland aboard the ship "Gainsborough" in 1878

Contemporary Notables of the name Washbrook (post 1700) +

  • John "Johnny" Washbrook (b. 1944), Canadian-born, American former child actor, best known for his role as 12-year-old Ken McLaughlin on the western television series My Friend Flicka (1956-1957)
  • Danny Washbrook (b. 1985), English rugby league player for Hull F.C
  • Cyril Washbrook CBE (1914-1999), English cricketer, who played for Lancashire and England


  1. ^ Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York, Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)


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