Brooks Family History

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Brooks Name Meaning

English: from the possessive case of Brook (i.e. ‘of the brook’). Jewish (Ashkenazic): Americanized form of one or more like-sounding Jewish surnames. Americanized spelling of German Brucks.

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

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

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Brooks Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Brooks name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Benin/Togo


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Brooks Family Origin

Where is the Brooks family from?

Brooks Family Occupations

What did your Brooks ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Brooks family was Labourer. The most common Brooks occupation in Canada was Farmer. 30% of Brooks's were Farmers. Farmer, School and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Brooks.

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  • Farmer

  • School

  • Laborer

  • Labourer


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

Brooks Historical Records

What Brooks family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 1 million census records available for the last name Brooks. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Brooks 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 146,000 immigration records available for the last name Brooks. 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 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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Brooks Life Expectancy

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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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Brooks 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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