Quick Facts on Brooks
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Dweller by the brook, stream
Characteristics of Brooks
Etymology & Historical Origin - Brooks
Brooks is derived from an old English surname meaning “dweller by the brook”. The name originates from the Olde English “bróc” – the word for ‘brook’ or ‘stream.’ The surname derived from a place name in medieval times to indicate someone who lived near a brook or a stream. The surname is also found among English-speaking Ashkenazi Jews, deriving from the male Hebrew given name Boruch, meaning ‘blessed’ (consider Mel Brooks the Jewish filmmaker). As a given name, Brooks is generally considered the masculine version of this surname, while Brooke is commonly used for females.
Popularity of the Name Brooks
Brooks has been on the U.S. male naming charts since the late 19th century. While the name has remained on the charts consistently for well over 100 years, it has never experienced anything beyond light-moderate usage. The name experienced some popularity in the 1980s, but it’s right now that Brooks is seeing his peak historical success. The name has a rather lofty, aristocratic sensibility. It also has a 1980s-style preppy quality but without sounding as high and mighty as Sebastian or Maximilian. Brooks is saved by his simple one-syllable sound and unpretentious etymology. The name has never been fashionable, which makes it original and different (although familiar). The superstar country musician Garth Brooks might have some influence on the increased popularity of this name; it’s hard to say. Brooks is not exactly the most masculine sounding name. It’s more genteel and refined.
Popularity of the Boy Name Brooks
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Brooks
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Brooks
Brooks We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Brooks.
Popular Songs on Brooks
Brooks Was Here - a song by Fall River
Children's Books on the Baby Name Brooks
Brooks Robinson: Baseball Legends (Rick Wolff) - A biography of the Oriole third baseman whose lifetime fielding average is tops among third basemen in major league history. Recommended for ages 9-12.
Famous People Named Brooks
Famous People Named Brooks - Brooks Robinson (baseball player); Brooks Adams (historian); Brooks Atkinson (theatre critic); Brooks Orpik (hockey player)
Children of Famous People Named Brooks
Famous People Who Named Their Son Brooks - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Brooks.
Brooks - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures
Brooks - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Brooks.
Personality of the Boy Name Brooks
The number Eight personality has everything to do with power, wealth and abundance. Somehow, this personality has been blessed on the material plane, but their authoritative and problem-solving traits provide evidence that their good fortunes are not just the luck of the lottery. They are well earned. This is the personality of CEOs and high-ranking military personnel. Eights are intensely active, hard-driving individuals. Success is only meaningful to them after a job well-done. They are remarkable in their ability to see the larger picture right down to the smallest details, and organize a strategy around success. They then have the ability to direct a group around them toward any goal, and realize individual potential to get the most out of their team.
Variations of the Baby Name - Brooks