Europe - The Broket Archive


Until modern-day ease of travel from the UK, Brokets in Europe have been noticeable for their rarity, and only half a dozen isolated records have been found. A search in 1998 through relevant books and documents in La Bibliothèque Généalogique, rue de Turbigo, Paris, for instance, showed no Broket.

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The names Brocard and Broquette are found in France and Brochet among Walloons, but these are unrelated names. Some of these names may have been modified to Brocket or Brockett after emigration to the USA or Australia.

Records of 3 individual Brokets, who most probably originated from England, have been found from the 13-15th C:

  1. a cloth merchant in Flanders in 1260
  2. a knight in Castile in 1344
  3. a Chaplain on the island of Jersey under warrant for arrest by the king in 1416:1+Read more

The insertion of the definite article le in front of a [supposed] foreign name was a common convention used by Latin scribes.

Otherwise only 4 isolated records from Europe have been found, relating to Flanders and Holland in the 17th C:

  1. On 3 Oct 1643 Alexander Brocket Merchant of Antwerp, Flanders, was freed from Southwark jail in London by a £1000 bond “with condition forthwith to depart this kingdom and to send certificate by Tomlin of his arrival beyond seas, and not to return without license of the Governor of Dover Castle”.2 A search through the available Parish Registers for Antwerp between 16-18th C in the General State Archives in Brusssels in summer 1999 revealed no Brokets.
  2. 15 May 1680 Pass issued to Anthony Brocquett, native of Flanders3
  3. 18 May 1694 Whitehall Pass for Allain Brocket, a French Protestant, to go to Holland4
  4. 5 Oct 1696 Whitehall Pass for Alexander Broquet to go to Holland.5

The name with the last three was probably stressed on the second syllable and was perhaps an Anglicisation of Brocard or the like—in 1693 Peter and Mary Brochard were in a warrant for denization of a long list of French Protestants.6

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[1] 1416 24 Mar TNA Patent Roll C66/399 m 39d. For the original Latin contact the Archivist of this website.

[2] Calendar of the State Papers Domestic of the reign of Charles I 1641-3, vol 498, London 1887 p 514.

[3] State Papers Domestic p 344, SP Dom Entry Book 51 p 241.

[4] State Papers Domestic p 141, SP Dom Warrant Book 38 p 566.

[5] State Papers Domestic p 410, SP Dom Entry Book 344 p 583).

[6] State Papers Domestic p 63.