First Name
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010

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Meanings and Origins

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Origin and Meaning of Brinkley

"Brinkley" is a name of English origin, and it means "From Brinca's Field". It's a name commonly given to girls.

  1. A surname​.

Notable Persons With the Last Name Brinkley

Christie Brinkley is a model, actress, designer, and model (people). Her ongoing career started in 1973. Christie was given the name Christie Lee Hudson on February 2nd, 1954 in Monroe, Michigan, U.S.


John R. Brinkley was a radio pioneer, controversial medical doctor, broadcasting, physician, and controversialmedical doctor. John was given the name John Romulus Brinkley on July 8th, 1885 in Jackson County, North Carolina. He left this life on May 26th, 1942.


David Brinkley was a news broadcasting, news presenter, and television newsanchor. His most notable accomplishments were from 1943 to 1943. David was given the name David McClure Brinkley on July 10th, 1920 in Wilmington, North Carolina. He breathed his last breath on June 11th, 2003.


Douglas Brinkley is a history. Douglas was born on December 14th, 1960 in Atlanta.


William Brinkley was a post-apocalyptic, fiction, comedy, non-fiction, apocalyptic, and post-apocalyptic fiction comedian. He was most active from 1948 to 1988. William was given the name William Clark Brinkley on September 10th, 1917 in Custer City, Oklahoma, U.S. He left this life on November 22nd, 1993.


Don Brinkley was a writer, director, producer, television director, and television producer. He was most prominent from 1951 to 1988. Don was born on March 9th, 1921 in The Bronx, New York, U.S. Don is also known as Brinkley and Donald Alan. He breathed his last breath on July 14th, 2012.


How popular is the baby name Brinkley in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1939 5 0 5
1965 5 0 5
1968 6 0 6
1985 7 7 0
1987 6 6 0
1990 8 8 0
1991 8 8 0
1992 10 10 0
1993 7 7 0
1994 9 9 0
1995 10 10 0
1996 22 22 0
1997 7 7 0
1998 7 7 0
1999 20 20 0
2000 34 34 0
2001 25 25 0
2002 37 32 5
2003 29 29 0
2004 32 32 0
2005 36 36 0
2006 42 36 6
2007 50 50 0
2008 47 47 0
2009 58 58 0
2010 66 66 0
2011 71 71 0
2012 96 90 6
2013 95 90 5
2014 74 74 0
2015 72 72 0
2016 47 47 0

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Popularity of Brinkley as a first name

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Popularity of Brinkley as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Brinkley U.S.
  White 67.19% 64.26%
  African American 27.67% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.28% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.58% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.19% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.08% 16.26%

Of Last Name Brinkley

People with the last name Brinkley are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Brinkley

  • How Popular is the name Brinkley? Brinkley is the 10,102nd most popular name of all time. As a last name Brinkley was the 2,632nd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Brinkley have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 1,048 babies born with the first name Brinkley in the United States. That's more than enough people named Brinkley to occupy the territory of Niue (New Zealand) with an estimated population of 1,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Brinkley? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1939 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Brinkley first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Brinkley is Tuesday, June 11th, 1878.
  • What year had the most people named Brinkley born? The highest recorded use of the first name Brinkley was in 2012 with a total of 90 babies.
  • Random Brinkley Factoid: According to the 2012 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Brinkley is not a popular baby girl's name in Texas. Imagine that, only 12 babies in Texas have the same name as you in 2012.
  • Weird things about the name Brinkley: Your name in reverse order is Yelknirb. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Benikyrl. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Brinkley? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 13,695 people with the last name Brinkley.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Brinkley? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 5 of them will have Brinkley as their last name.

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.