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Meaning and Origin

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  1. United States literary critic and historian (1886-1963)
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  1. A topographic surname​, variant of Brook.
  2. A city in Alberta, Canada
  3. A town in Georgia, USA
  4. A census-designated place in Kentucky
  5. A town in Maine
  6. A city in Minnesota
  7. A male given name

Notable Persons Named Brooks

Brooks Wackerman is a heavy metal music, hard rock, and punk rock musician. His ongoing career started in 1990. Brooks was born on February 15th, 1977.

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Brooks Laich is a hockey player for the Toronto Maple Leafs in the National Hockey League. He was most prominent from 2004 to present. Brooks was born on June 23rd, 1983 in Wawota.

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Brooks was born on May 3rd, 1990.

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Brooks Robinson is a baseball player. Brooks was born on May 18th, 1937 in Little Rock, Arkansas.

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Brooks Wheelan is a stand-up comedian, writer, and actor. Brooks was given the name Brooks Patrick Wheelan on August 21st, 1986 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

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Brooks Orpik is a hockey player for the Washington Capitals in the National Hockey League. He was most prominent from 2002 to present. Brooks was born on September 26th, 1980 in San Francisco.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Brooks

Mel Brooks is a farce, parody, comedy music, satire, and sketch comedy musician. Mel was given the name Melvin James Kaminsky on June 28th, 1926 in Brooklyn, New York, U.S.

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Garth Brooks is a singing, songwriter, and singer. He holds the title Friends in Low Places". Garth was given the name Troyal Garth Brooks on February 7th, 1962 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S.

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Albert Brooks is an actor, comedian, director, and writer. He was most prominent from 1969 to present. Albert was given the name Albert Lawrence Einstein by his parents Harry Einstein and Thelma Leeds on July 22nd, 1947 in Beverly Hills, California, U.S.

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Danielle Brooks is an actress. She has been prominent since 2011. Danielle was born on September 17th, 1989 in Augusta, Georgia, U.S.

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Max Brooks is a writer. Max was given the name Maximillian Michael Brooks on May 22nd, 1972 in Manhattan, New York City, New York, U.S.

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Will was born on October 8th, 1986 in Chicago.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1880 5 0 5
1882 9 0 9
1884 6 0 6
1885 11 0 11
1886 5 0 5
1887 6 0 6
1888 6 0 6
1889 5 0 5
1890 8 0 8
1891 6 0 6
1892 9 0 9
1894 10 0 10
1895 10 0 10
1896 8 0 8
1897 14 0 14
1898 8 0 8
1899 10 0 10
1900 12 0 12
1901 16 0 16
1902 11 0 11
1903 12 0 12
1904 11 0 11
1905 8 0 8
1906 12 0 12
1907 16 0 16
1908 16 0 16
1909 15 0 15
1910 13 0 13
1911 15 0 15
1912 25 0 25
1913 51 0 51
1914 48 0 48
1915 77 6 71
1916 60 0 60
1917 73 5 68
1918 75 0 75
1919 61 0 61
1920 84 7 77
1921 84 0 84
1922 76 0 76
1923 54 0 54
1924 66 0 66
1925 53 0 53
1926 61 0 61
1927 59 0 59
1928 59 0 59
1929 56 0 56
1930 53 0 53
1931 55 0 55
1932 48 0 48
1933 56 0 56
1934 53 0 53
1935 67 0 67
1936 44 0 44
1937 63 0 63
1938 56 0 56
1939 50 0 50
1940 61 0 61
1941 64 0 64
1942 81 0 81
1943 65 0 65
1944 63 6 57
1945 72 6 66
1946 63 0 63
1947 98 9 89
1948 78 7 71
1949 84 0 84
1950 67 8 59
1951 96 7 89
1952 81 0 81
1953 124 10 114
1954 109 9 100
1955 115 12 103
1956 126 14 112
1957 115 6 109
1958 94 7 87
1959 134 8 126
1960 105 9 96
1961 144 8 136
1962 134 8 126
1963 137 15 122
1964 112 8 104
1965 111 12 99
1966 123 11 112
1967 117 7 110
1968 123 7 116
1969 106 11 95
1970 165 18 147
1971 181 18 163
1972 140 12 128
1973 146 12 134
1974 153 13 140
1975 133 19 114
1976 136 13 123
1977 154 16 138
1978 138 23 115
1979 210 19 191
1980 348 59 289
1981 447 57 390
1982 478 57 421
1983 331 28 303
1984 281 18 263
1985 314 21 293
1986 248 18 230
1987 248 19 229
1988 214 24 190
1989 227 13 214
1990 230 9 221
1991 226 13 213
1992 259 20 239
1993 258 25 233
1994 280 21 259
1995 275 20 255
1996 259 10 249
1997 264 12 252
1998 243 19 224
1999 243 14 229
2000 259 11 248
2001 246 9 237
2002 250 14 236
2003 276 8 268
2004 340 8 332
2005 356 17 339
2006 422 10 412
2007 493 14 479
2008 430 11 419
2009 571 13 558
2010 722 23 699
2011 896 19 877
2012 877 29 848
2013 1,181 19 1,162
2014 1,547 27 1,520
2015 1,684 32 1,652
2016 1,699 31 1,668
2017 1,938 17 1,921

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Popularity of Brooks as a first name

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Popularity of Brooks as a last name

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Common last names for Brooks

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Williams
  • Jones
  • Brown
  • Davis
  • Taylor
  • Thomas
  • White
  • Collins
  • Jackson
  • Morris

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Brooks U.S.
  White 60.22% 64.26%
  African American 33.47% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.48% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.79% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.56% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.48% 16.26%

Of Last Name Brooks

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

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Fun Facts about the name Brooks

  • How Popular is the name Brooks? Brooks is the 1,473rd most popular name of all time. As a last name Brooks was the 82nd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Brooks have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 26,378 babies born with the first name Brooks in the United States. That's more than enough people named Brooks to occupy the territory of British Virgin Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 24,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Brooks? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Brooks first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Brooks is Sunday, May 23rd, 1869.
  • What year had the most people named Brooks born? The highest recorded use of the first name Brooks was in 2017 with a total of 1,921 babies. That's a lot of babies named Brooks!
  • Random Brooks Factoid: According to the 2017 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Brooks ranks 88th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Alaska. Imagine that, 11 babies in Alaska have the same name as you in 2017.
  • Weird things about the name Brooks: Your name in reverse order is Skoorb. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Oskrob. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Brooks? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 251,663 people with the last name Brooks.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Brooks? Brooks was ranked as the 82nd most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!

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  • 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).
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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