Brooks (surname)

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Brooks
Family name
Meaning "residing near a stream or brook"
Region of origin Anjou, France
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Brooks is a toponymic surname that is thought to have been derived residing near a stream (or brook).[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".

The surname Brooks is shared by many notable people:

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  • Quincy Brooks IV (b. 1977), American rapper, known by the stage name San Quinn

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  • Zoey Brooks, title character of the American TV show Zoey 101

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  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. 2007-06-06 [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.