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Brooks Surname Meaning

English: usually a variant of Brook with excrescent -s. The optional addition of -s with no grammatical function is usually post-medieval but some examples of the same person's name occurring with and without -(e)s have been noted as early as the 14th century in South Lancashire. The -es in such cases probably has neither a plural nor a genitival function and the name means ‘dweller at the brook’ not ‘dweller at the brooks’. A plural sense cannot be ruled out elsewhere but a non-grammatical -(e)s must also be considered a strong possibility. Americanized form of one or more similar (like-sounding) Jewish surnames. Americanized form of German Brucks . Americanized form of Dutch Broeks an inflected form of Broek see Brook .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Brook, Brookes, Brooke, Brock, Book, Booke, Fooks, Rook, Brookins

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Where is the Brooks family from?

You can see how Brooks families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Brooks family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Brooks families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 1,848 Brooks families living in Ontario. This was about 52% of all the recorded Brooks's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Brooks families in 1911.
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What did your Brooks ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Brooks. 32% of Brooks men worked as a Farmer and 12% of Brooks women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Brooks were Carpenter and Income. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1921

  • Farmer
  • Labourer
  • Laborer
  • Carpenter

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Housekeeper
  • Stenographer
  • Clerk
  • Income
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There are 252,000 military records available for the last name Brooks. For the veterans among your Brooks ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Brooks lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Brooks life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Brooks in 1940 was 43, and 73 in 2004.

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