Brookshaw Name Study

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Surnames/tags: Brookshaw Brockscher Prokscher
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Welcome to the Brookshaw Name Study!

This is a One Name Study to collect together in one place everything about one surname and the variants of that name. The hope is that other researchers like you will join our study to help make it a valuable reference point for people studying lines that cross or intersect. Please contact the project leader, add categories to your profiles, add your questions to the bulletin board, add details of your name research, etc.

Please join by contacting the project leader, Greta Brookshaw. See the sections on our goals and what you can do below. Post questions and comments to and add details about your particular area of interest.


Our Goals

The purpose of this study is to gather all information about the Brookshaw name and its origin in order to find out if all those with the surname share common ancestry.

What You Can Do

  1. Add the Brookshaw tag to the list of tags you are following.
  2. Work cooperatively together with other Brookshaw profile managers to create the best Brookshaw tree possible.
  3. Add the One Name Studies template and category for Brookshaw Name Study to any Brookshaw profiles you manage.
  4. Search out original rather than derivative documentation and add sources to Brookshaw profiles.
  5. Write comprehensive, well-sourced biographies.
  6. Check for duplicates and request merges.
  7. Contact Alison to request PPP status for those profiles that meet the criteria for project protection. This will protect them from an incorrect merge.
  8. If you are a male with the Brookshaw surname and haven't already, please consider testing your yDNA so that we can all have a better understanding of our heritage and possibly make new discoveries.


Recorded as Brookshaw and Bruckshaw in England, it is believed to be an English 'lost' village locational surname and to have originated from a place in the county of Cheshire, which according to the famous Victorian etymologist Canon Charles Bardlsey, writing in the year 1880, had completely disappeared. The name originates from the pre 7th century Olde English words 'brok-sceag', meaning a wood by a brook. A brook was not necessarily a stream, it could mean any stretch of water, or even a marsh. 'Lost' villages are a feature of the British Isles. It is estimated that at least three thousand modern surnames do originate from such places of which the only reminder of their existence lies in the surviving surname. Locational surnames are also 'from' names. That is to say names that were given to people after they left their original homes to move somewhere else, the easiest way to identy such strangers being to call them by the name of the place from whence they came.

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In America, there are descendants of the Brookshaw name that was anglicized from the Bohemian surname Procksher or Brocksher.

Other Spelling Variations


Early Settlement


John Brookeshawe and Anne Clerke were married 1574: Prestbury Ch. (Cheshire).
John Brookshaw, of Stockport, 1618: Wills at Chester.
George Bruckshaw, of Bredbury, 1611: ibid.
John Brookshaw, of Bredbury, 1622: Earwaker's East Cheshire.
Henry Bruckshaw, of Bradbury, 1670: Wills at Chester.
Thomas Bruckshaw and Ann Waterer were married 1775: St. George, Hanover Square.

United States of America

James Brookshaw, b. 1650 England, and his wife, Mary Elizabeth, arrived in Maryland aboard the Friendship in 1674.
Isaac Brookshaw arrived in Philadelphia in 1683.
Joseph Brookshaw arrived in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania in 1823.

Notables By The Name Brookshaw

George Brookshaw (1751-1823), English painter
Richard Brookshaw (1748-1779), English mezzotint engraver
Dorothy Elizabeth Brookshaw (b. 1912), Canadian Olympic medalist
Tracy Brookshaw (b. 1975), Canadian professional wrestler



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I have literally hundreds of BRUCKSHAW names in the Stockport (Cheshire) area of the UK. My grandmother was one!
posted by Eric Millward