Of all the Anglo-Saxon
names to come from Britain, Westbrooke is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in one of the places called Westbrook in Kent
, Berkshire, or on the Isle of Wight. The surname Westbrooke 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 Westbrooke family
The surname Westbrooke 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. CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
Another reference lists Richards de Westbrek in Surrey
during the reign of Edward I CITATION[CLOSE]
Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)
. They were Lords of the manor of Elsted for many years.
Early History of the Westbrooke family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Westbrooke research.Another 139 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1616, 1666, 1659, 1660, 1675 and 1743 are included under the topic Early Westbrooke History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Westbrooke Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Westbrooke has been spelled many different ways, including Westbrooke, Westbrook, Westbrock, Westbrocke and others.
Early Notables of the Westbrooke family (pre 1700)
Another 43 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Westbrooke Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Westbrooke family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Westbrookes to arrive in North America:
Westbrooke Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- James Westbrooke, who settled in Virginia in 1653
- James Westbrooke, who landed in Virginia in 1653 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Westbrooke Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Samuel Westbrooke, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750