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BROOKS Surname Meaning & Origin:

1) The Brooks surname is often a derivation of "brook," or a small stream. 2) Also a name given to those who came from Brooksbank, the name of several places in England derived from Middle English "brokes" for brook and "bank" for bank. Just about as many origins as there are streams.

Brooks is the 77th most popular surname in the United States.

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Alternate Surname Spellings:

BROOK, BROKE, BROOKING, BROOKINGS, BROOKSBANK

Genealogy Resources for the Surname BROOKS:

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FamilySearch - BROOKS Genealogy
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References: Surname Meanings & Origins

Cottle, Basil. Penguin Dictionary of Surnames. Baltimore, MD: Penguin Books, 1967.

Menk, Lars. A Dictionary of German Jewish Surnames. Avotaynu, 2005.

Beider, Alexander. A Dictionary of Jewish Surnames from Galicia. Avotaynu, 2004.

Hanks, Patrick and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford University Press, 1989.

Hanks, Patrick. Dictionary of American Family Names. Oxford University Press, 2003.

Smith, Elsdon C. American Surnames. Genealogical Publishing Company, 1997.


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