Show ContentsWestbrook History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the name Westbrook date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence in one of the places called Westbrook in Kent, Berkshire, or on the Isle of Wight. The surname Westbrook belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

Early Origins of the Westbrook family

The surname Westbrook was first found in Kent where one of the first records of the name was Reginald de Westbroc who in 1255 was listed in that county's Feet of Fines. A few years later, John de Westbroke was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of 1327. Over one hundred years later, Edmind Westbrook was listed in the Feet of Fines of Essex in 1440. [1] Another reference lists Richards de Westbrek in Surrey during the reign of Edward I [2]. They were Lords of the manor of Elsted for many years.

Early History of the Westbrook family

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Westbrook Spelling Variations

Westbrook has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Westbrook have been found, including Westbrooke, Westbrook, Westbrock, Westbrocke and others.

Early Notables of the Westbrook family (pre 1700)

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Westbrook Ranking

In the United States, the name Westbrook is the 1,811st most popular surname with an estimated 17,409 people with that name. [3]

United States Westbrook migration to the United States +

In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Westbrooks to arrive on North American shores:

Westbrook Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Westbrook who settled in West New Jersey in 1664
  • John Westbrook, who landed in Portsmouth, NH in 1665 [4]
Westbrook Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • William Westbrook, who landed in America in 1772
Westbrook Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William T. Westbrook, who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1859
  • Henry Westbrook, who arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1860 [4]
  • Charles Westbrook, aged 30, who immigrated to the United States, in 1893
  • Amy Westbrook, aged 7, who immigrated to America from England, in 1894
Westbrook Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • David Westbrook, aged 35, who settled in America, in 1906
  • Charles Westbrook, aged 17, who landed in America, in 1922
  • Charles Westbrook, aged 24, who landed in America from Southampton, in 1923

Canada Westbrook migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Westbrook Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Samuel Westbrook, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Mr. Anthony Westbrook U.E. (b. 1738) born in Machackemack, Orange County, New York, USA who settled in Ancaster Township, Wentworth County [Ancaster], Ontario c. 1784 he served in Brant's Volunteers, married to Sarah Dekker (Decker) having 6 children, he died c. 1793 [5]

Australia Westbrook migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Westbrook Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. James Westbrook, (b. 1789), aged 24, English butcher who was convicted in Middlesex, England for life for breaking and entering, transported aboard the "Earl Spencer" in May 1813, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, he died in 1859 [6]
  • James Westbrook, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Statesman" in 1850 [7]
  • Ann Westbrook, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Carleton" in 1851 [8]
  • Jane Westbrook, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Carleton" in 1851 [8]

Contemporary Notables of the name Westbrook (post 1700) +

  • First Lieutenant Shelby F. Westbrook (1922-2016), American Tuskegee Airman active during World War II, awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with five Clusters [9]
  • Don Westbrook (b. 1952), American former NFL wide receiver for the New England Patriots
  • John Westbrook (1789-1852), American Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania (1841-1843)
  • Russell Westbrook (b. 1988), American NBA basketball player
  • Michael Westbrook (b. 1972), American former NFL football player
  • Lawrence Westbrook (b. 1988), American college basketball player
  • Jacob Cauthen "Jake" Westbrook (b. 1977), American Major League Baseball player
  • Byron Westbrook (b. 1984), American NFL football player
  • Brian Westbrook (b. 1979), American NFL football player
  • Robert B. Westbrook, American fighter pilot and flying ace in the U.S. Army Air Forces, during World War II, credited with 20 aerial victories
  • ... (Another 29 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Royal Oak
  • Patrick Edward Westbrook (1919-1939), British Marine with the Royal Marine aboard the HMS Royal Oak (1939) when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [10]
USS Arizona
  • Mr. Clinton H. Westbrook, American Seaman First Class working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he survived the sinking [11]

Suggested Readings for the name Westbrook +

  • The Westbrook Family of New York by William Edward Westbrooke.
  • McNames, Names, McNamish by Sue Gunter.
  • Davis, Westbrook, Hill, Smith, Echols, and Cave Families Miscellany by Carl Forrest Greenway.

  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)
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  4. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  5. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  6. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 8th September 2021). Retrieved from
  7. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) STATESMAN 1850. Retrieved
  8. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CARLETON 1851. Retrieved
  9. ^ Shelby Westbrook. (Retrieved 2016, August 22) Shelby Westbrook. Retrieved from
  10. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from
  11. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from on Facebook