Last name: BROOKS

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BROOKS : This last name is indexed 639,051 times on Geneanet!

Origin of last name

BROOKS : 1: English: usually a variant of Brook with excrescent -s. The optional addition of -s with no grammatical function is usually post-medieval but some examples of the same person's name occurring with and without -(e)s have been noted as early as the 14th century in South Lancashire. The -es in such cases probably has neither a plural nor a genitival function and the name means ‘dweller at the brook’ not ‘dweller at the brooks’. A plural sense cannot be ruled out elsewhere but a non-grammatical -(e)s must also be considered a strong possibility.4: Americanized form of one or more similar (like-sounding) Jewish surnames.2: Americanized form of German Brucks.3: Americanized form of Dutch Broeks an inflected form of Broek see Brook.

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