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
. Alternatively, the name could have originated Washburn (fuller's stream), in Yorkshire
or at Washbourn, a parish in Gloucestershire
Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York, Harper & Row, 1956. Print
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 intermarried 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.) CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Early History of the Washbrook family
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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)
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Migration of the Washbrook family to Ireland
Some of the Washbrook family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Washbrook family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
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