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Origin of Surname

The Brock surname is of Anglo-Saxon and Old French origin, and has three possible derivations:

  1. Nickname for one who resembled a badger, from the Olde English pre 7th Century word "brocc", meaning, a badger. It was perhaps given also to a vexing or mischievous person.
  2. Old French "broque" or "brocke", a young stag, perhaps a nickname for a young, enthusiastic person, full of life.
  3. English topographical origin for a person who lived by a stream from the Olde English word "broc", meaning a brook. There is also a river called "Brock" in Lancashire, which originated from "broc".

The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Joel le Broc, which was dated 1222, in the "Calendar of Patent Rolls of Essex", during the reign of King Henry III.

Daniel de Lisle Brock (1762 - 1842) was Bailiff of Guernsey. His brother Sir Isaac (1769 - 1812), a Major-General, having served in the West Indies, Holland and Baltic region, was killed in an engagement with General Van Rennselaer at Queenstown, Canada.

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