Brook Family History

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Brook Name Meaning

English: topographic name for someone who lived by a brook or stream, from Middle Englisk brook, Old English broc ‘brook’, ‘stream’. North German and Dutch: topographic name for someone who lived by a water meadow or marsh, from Low German brook, Dutch broek (cognate with German Bruch and Old English broc; see 1). Americanized spelling of German and Jewish Bruck or German Bruch.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Brock, Rook, Book, Crook, Rock, Krock, Brooks, Brooke, Krook, Boot

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Brook Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Brook name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Brook. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • European Jewish


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


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Brook Family Origin

Where is the Brook family from?

Brook Family Occupations

What did your Brook ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Farmer, Labourer and School were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Brook. A less common occupation for the Brook family was Scholar. The most common Brook occupation in Canada was Farmer. 24% of Brook's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Labourer

  • School

  • Scholar


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Brook ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Brook Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 335,000 census records available for the last name Brook. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Brook census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 21,000 immigration records available for the last name Brook. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 17,000 military records available for the last name Brook. For the veterans among your Brook ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Brook Life Expectancy

What is the average Brook lifespan?

Between 1949 and 2004, in the United States, Brook life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Brook in 1949 was 60, and 81 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Brook ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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