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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.

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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.

Westbrook has been spelled many different ways, including 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. Westbrooke, Westbrook, Westbrock, Westbrocke and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Westbrook research. Another 139 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1616, 1666, 1659, 1660, 1675 and 1743 are included under the topic Early Westbrook History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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

Westbrook Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • William Westbrook landed in America in 1772

Westbrook Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • William T. Westbrook settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1859
  • Henry Westbrook, who arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1860
  • Charles Westbrook, aged 30, who emigrated to the United States, in 1893
  • Amy Westbrook, aged 7, who emigrated 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

Westbrook Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Saml Westbrook, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749

Westbrook Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • James Westbrook arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Statesman" in 1850
  • Ann Westbrook arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Carleton" in 1851
  • Jane Westbrook arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Carleton" in 1851

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  • Zerah S. Westbrook, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 20th District, 1888; Mayor of Amsterdam, New York, 1898-99
  • William E. Westbrook, American Republican politician, Mayor of Ogdensburg, New York, 1926-27
  • W. V. Westbrook Jr., American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Mississippi, 1960
  • Shirley Westbrook, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Mississippi, 1980
  • Theodoric Romeyn Westbrook (1821-1885), American Democrat politician, U.S. Representative from New York 11th District, 1853-55; State Court Judge in New York, 1873
  • Moses Westbrook, American politician, Member of North Carolina House of Commons from Dobbs County, 1786
  • Mildred Westbrook, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Colorado, 1948
  • John H. Westbrook (b. 1890), American Democrat politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Rensselaer County 1st District, 1924
  • John Westbrook (1789-1852), American Democrat politician, Member of Pennsylvania State Legislature; U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 7th District, 1841-43
  • Jim Westbrook, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Texas 3rd District, 1984

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  • 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.
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  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)

Other References

  1. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  2. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  3. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  4. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  5. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  6. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  7. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  8. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  10. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
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