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Rushbrook Coat of Arms / Rushbrook Family Crest

Rushbrook Coat of Arms / Rushbrook Family Crest

This surname of RUSHBROOK was a locational name 'of Rushbrooke' a parish in County Suffolk, three miles from Bury St. Edmunds. Local names usually denoted where the original bearer of the name held his land. Most of the place-names that yield surnames are usually of small communities, villages, hamlets, some so insignificant that they are now lost to the map. A place-name, it is reasonable to suppose, was a useful surname only when a man moved from his place of origin to elsewhere, and his new neighbours bestowed it, or he himself adopted it. The earliest of the name on record appears to be RYSSEBROC (without surname) who was documented in Suffolk in the year 950. The name is recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 as RYSCEBROC. In 1066 Duke William of Normandy conquered England. He was crowned King, and most of the lands of the English nobility were soon granted to his followers. Domesday Book was compiled 20 years later. The Saxon Chronicle records that in 1085 'at Gloucester at midwinter, the King had deep speech with his counsellors, and sent men all over England to each shire to find out, what or how much each landowner held in land and livestock, and what it was worth. The returns were brought to him'. William was thorough. One of his Counsellors reports that he also sent a second set of Commissioners 'to shires they did not know and where they were themselves unknown, to check their predecessors' survey, and report culprits to the King'. The information was collected at Winchester, corrected, abridged, and copied by one single writer into a single volume. Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex were copied, by several writers into a second volume. The whole undertaking was completed at speed, in less than 12 months. Other records of the name mention William de Rushbrooke who was documented in the year 1302 in County Norfolk. A later instance of the name mentions Robert Rushbrooke who appears in 1730 in Norwich. Joseph Rushbrook married Anne Deirinckx at St. George's, Hanover Square, London in 1789. The associated arms are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884.


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