The surname of BROOKMAN was a locational name 'of Brook' the name of many places throughout England. Local names usually denoted where a man held his land, and indicated where he actually lived. Some modern bearers of this name, who preserve the spelling Broke are descended from Sir Richard Broke (died 1529) of Broke Hall in County Suffolk, who was Chief Baron of the Exchequer to Henry VIII in 1526. English bearers of the name Brockman (which is a variant) can trace their ancestry to a certain John Brockman who was granted lands in Kent by Richard III. Surnames before the Norman Conquest of 1066 were rare in England having been brought by the Normans when William the Conqueror invaded the shores. The practice spread to Scotland and Ireland by the 12th century, and in Wales they appeared as late as the 16th century. Most surnames can be traced to one of four sources, locational, from the occupation of the original bearer, nicknames or simply font names based on the first name of the parent being given as the second name to their child. Other records of the name mention Eustace delbroc who was recorded in the year 1130 in County Northumberland and Alice de la Broke, was documented in 1273 in county Lancashire. Thomas del Brooke of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. Richard atte Brook was vicar of Horseford, County Norfolk in 1419. John Thornell married Martha Brooke in London in the year of 1616. Most of the European surnames were formed in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. The process had started somewhat earlier and had continued in some places into the 19th century, but the norm is that in the tenth and eleventh centuries people did not have surnames, whereas by the fifteenth century most of the population had acquired a second name. A notable member of the name was Rubert Chawner Brooke (1887-1915) the English poet, born in Rugby. He was educated at King's College Cambridge, he travelled to Germany and visited the USA and Tahiti. He died a commissioned officer on Skyros on his way to the Dardanelles and was buried there. His poems appeared in 1911, 1914 and 'Other Poems' in 1915, after his death.
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