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Origins of the Brooks surname

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What does the name Brooks mean?

Brooks is an English surname with roots in Old English. It Derives from the Saxon word 'broc' (stream or brook), and would have been geographical in nature. It would have been given to those who lived at or near a brook or stream and their descendants. It has been found in records dating back to the 1200s, and is assumed to have arisen at around this time.

Alternative variations of the name Brooks

Brooks, Brook, Brooke, Brookes, Bruck

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Where do most Brookses live?

In 1921, most Brookses lived in London.


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Interesting facts about Brookses

How common is your surname?

112th most common surname in the UK

We have 300,000 records for the Brooks surname. The oldest one dates back to 1538.

Who were Brookses most likely to marry?

Smiths

&

Williamses

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What are the most common Brooks first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

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Common jobs for Brookses

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Brookses in 1921
Dressmaker

1,199

Cotton Weaver

982

Laundress

897

Domestic Servant

769

General Servant Domestic

667

Common Male occupations for Brookses in 1921
Agricultural Labourer

1,535

General Labourer

1,276

Coal Miner

1,041

Farm Labourer

868

Farm Hands

647

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