Brooks (surname)

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Brooks
Origin
Meaning"residing near a stream or brook"
Region of originEngland / Anjou, France / Germany / Scandinavia
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Brooks is thought to have been derived residing near a stream (or brook) from both the Swedish surname Bäckland, meaning bäck "brook, stream" and lund "grove" and English , Gaelic and Scottish from the possessive case of Brook (i.e. ‘of the brook’) from pre 7th century English origins; Old English broc and appearing in the Medieval predecessors of "Brooks" such as "Ate-Broc" and "Atte-Broc". The surname Brooks has many Germanic (Anglo Saxon) links and is sometimes associated with the countries Denmark , Sweden and Norway within Scandinavia and has wide links to the Scandinavian Peninsula. Commonly recorded in Germany , where it is sometimes found with the aristocratic "von", England, Scotland and Ireland it has many possible origins.[2] The word "brook" derives from the Old English broc and appears in the Medieval predecessors of "Brooks" such as "Ate-Broc" and "Atte-Broc".[2][3][4] The surname arrived in North America from England in the mid-seventeenth century.[2]

The surname is recorded in Ireland from the 1600s. O'Laughlin reports that "some of the name could stem from Irish origins, the name being changed into the English word 'Brook' or Brooks."[5] The surname is also found among English-speaking Ashkenazi Jews, deriving from the male Hebrew given name Boruch, meaning "blessed".

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See also

References

  1. ^ Brooks Family Crest and History
  2. ^ a b c Origin and History of the Name of Brooks: With Biographies of All the Most Noted Persons of that Name (PDF). The Crescent Family Record. Chicago, Illinois (United States): American Publishers' Association. 1905 [1905]. Retrieved 2008-01-10. The name of Brooks is said to have derived from residence near a stream.
  3. ^ Harper, Douglas (November 2001). "brook". Online Etymology Dictionary. Retrieved 2007-01-10.
  4. ^ "brook". Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language (1989 ed.). New York: Portland House. 1989. p. 189. ISBN 0-517-68781-X.
  5. ^ Michael C. O'Laughlin. The Book of Irish Families, Great & Small.