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Etymology & Historical Origin - Brooke
Brooke is widely regarded as a female personal name today, but at one point in time it was used on both genders. It originated as the transferred use of a surname from the Olde English “bróc” referring to a brook or stream. The surname would have been assigned to people who dwelled near a brook or stream as a means of identification (surnames were either derived from place names, topographical features, names passed from the father, occupations and nicknames). In this case, the surname likely developed from a topographical feature of the landscape (which included a flowing stream of water). Some etymologists have theorized that Brooke may have also developed as an occupation surname from the Medieval Norman-French “broc” meaning “pitcher” (in describing one who delivered fresh water from a jug of some sort). Such an occupation would have been held by a woman, in which case Brooke would be considered one of the few matronymic surnames (i.e., passed from the mother rather than the father). The first recorded spelling of this surname appeared in Essex in the early 12th century and was rendered as “Broc”. Aside from “brook” being a “stream”, it is also a verb meaning “to endure, tolerate”, originally derived from the more favorable Proto-Indo-European root *bhrūg- meaning “to make use of, enjoy” (Pok. 173), in the sense of eating and digesting food. The verb’s modern meaning of “tolerance” came from “to stomach something” in the late 16th century. As a female given name, Brooke is quite popular throughout the English-speaking world. It’s ranked highest in Scotland and Northern Ireland, followed by England, Ireland, Canada and the United States.
Popularity of the Name Brooke
The name Brooke didn’t really come into circulation in the United States until the 1950s, most likely influenced by the very wealthy New York socialite/philanthropist Brooke Astor who lent her name some aristocratic cachet. However, it was really Brooke Shields who garnered the name the most notice in the late 1970s and early 80s. It was then that Brooke surged to the top of the charts, landing a coveted spot on America’s Top 100 list in 1979. Her best year ever was 2003 when Brooke was the 43rd most popular baby girl’s name in the country. Just recently, in 2012, Brooke slipped off America’s Top 100 list – her popularity having been replaced by the über-trendy Brooklyn. Brooke is a strong sounding one-syllable name that still manages to imbue a sense of gentleness. When we hear the name, we envision the soft, Zen sound of water as it flows gently down a brook.
Popularity of the Girl Name Brooke
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Brooke
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Brooke
Brooke We have not found any significant literary references for Brooke.
Popular Songs on Brooke
Brooke’s Lullaby - a song by The Teddybears
Children's Books on the Baby Name Brooke
Brooke Starfish: The Case of the Missing Seahorse (Lisa Moleano Brendel) - Join Brooke Starfish on this undersea mystery as she looks for her pet Seahorse Jemma. You will enjoy this undersea adventure as Brooke Starfish shows you her colorful world. This is an easy to read book that will be fun for the whole family. Brooke Starfish's character is based on my daughter Brooke and her fun antics. Come along with Brooke Starfish and help her solve the mystery of the missing Seahorse Jemma. Recommended for ages 4-8.
Famous People Named Brooke
Famous People Named Brooke - Brooke Shields (actress); Brooke Astor (socialite/philanthropist); Brooke Adams (actress); Brooke Burke (TV personality); Brooke Langton (actress)
Children of Famous People Named Brooke
Famous People who Named their Daughter Brooke - Edward James Olmos (actor); Hulk Hogan (wrestler); Jack Palance (actor); John Forsythe (actor); Kim Richards (child star); Rob Blake (hockey player)
Brooke - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures
Brooke - We have not found any significant historical figures with the first name Brooke.
Personality of the Girl Name Brooke
The Three energy is powerful and enthusiastic. These personalities are cheerful, full of self-expression, and often quite emotional. They have an artistic flair and "gift-of-gab" that makes them natural entertainers. Their joyfulness bubbles over, and their infectious exuberance draws a crowd. The Three personality is like a child - forever young and full of delight. They are charming, witty, and generally happy people. The Three personality lives in the "now" and has a spontaneous nature. Threes seem to live with a bright and seemingly unbreakable aura that attracts others to them. In turn, they are deeply loyal and loving to their friends and family. Luck also has a tendency to favor number Threes.
Variations of the Baby Name - Brooke