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The ancestors of the Brooks family brought their name to England in the wave of migration after the Norman Conquest of 1066. They lived in Essex. The name, however, derives from the family's former residence in Broc, in the area of Anjou, France. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)


Brooks Early Origins



The surname Brooks was first found in Essex. Medieval forms of the name are Ate-Broc, Atte-Broc, Attenbroke and was more often than not pluralized to Brooks and Brookes in modern times. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Originally from the Norman "Broc," meaning "a stream" or "at the brook," one of the first references was of Robert le Broc and Ranyllph le Broc, two knights having estates in Essex in the year 1119. A few years later, Eustace delbroc was listed in the Pipe Rolls of Northumberland in 1130 and Rand de Broc was listed in the Pipe Rolls of Hampshire in 1157. Early in the 13th century, William de la Broke was listed in the Curia Regis Rolls of Surrey in 1208 and Emma de Brokes was listed in the same source but in Suffolk in 1220. [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list Alice de la Broke and Laurence del Bro c. [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

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Brooks Spelling Variations


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Brooks Spelling Variations



Before the last few hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Brooks were recorded, including Brook, Brooke, Brookes, Brooks, Brecks, Broocks and others.

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Brooks Early History


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Brooks Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brooks research. Another 407 words (29 lines of text) covering the years 1214, 1592, 1660, 1512, 1560, 1532, 1560, 1569, 1563, 1545, 1660, 1614, 1643, 1664, 1602, 1655, 1652, 1608, 1680, 1685, 1646, 1648, 1632, 1676, 1601 and 1683 are included under the topic Early Brooks History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Brooks Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Brooks Early Notables (pre 1700)



Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Richard Brooke (died 1569), Sheriff of Cheshire in 1563, he bought the manor of Norton, Cheshire from Henry VIII in 1545 following the dissolution of the monasteries; John Brooke, (died 1660) 1st Baron Cobham, an English politician who sat in the House of...

Another 97 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Brooks Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Brooks In Ireland


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Brooks In Ireland



Some of the Brooks family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 235 words (17 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



The unstable environment in England at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland, Australia, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Brooks arrived in North America very early:

Brooks Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Cutberd Brooks, who arrived in Virginia in 1622
  • Sibile Brooks, who landed in Virginia in 1623
  • Henry Brooks of Boston, Massachusetts, who settled in 1630
  • Gilbert Brooks, who landed in New England in 1633
  • William Brooks, who landed in New England in 1633
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Brooks Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Robin Brooks, who arrived in Virginia in 1705
  • Fra Brooks, who arrived in Virginia in 1705
  • Margaret Brooks, who arrived in Virginia in 1717
  • Benja Brooks, who landed in Virginia in 1720
  • Fran Brooks, who landed in Georgia in 1738
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Brooks Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Peter Brooks, who arrived in New York, NY in 1812
  • Thomas, Brooks Jr., aged 19, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Samuel Brooks, who landed in New York in 1822
  • Robert Brooks, who arrived in New York in 1822
  • James Brooks, who arrived in New York in 1822
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Brooks Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Sam D Brooks, who arrived in Arkansas in 1903

Brooks Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • John Brooks, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Robert Brooks, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749-1752
  • John Brooks, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Mary Brooks, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Chamr Brooks, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Brooks Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Joseph Brooks, English convict from London, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on September 3rd, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Austraila
  • Alexander Brooks, English convict from Somerset, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on July 3, 1822, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila
  • Richard Brooks, English convict from Surrey, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on February 22, 1834, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila
  • Edward Brooks arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Buckinghamshire" in 1839
  • Rachel Brooks arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Buckinghamshire" in 1839
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Brooks Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John Brooks landed in Cloudy Bay, New Zealand in 1839
  • Stephen Brooks, aged 39, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Martha Ridgeway" in 1840
  • Sarah Brooks, aged 37, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Martha Ridgeway" in 1840
  • Caroline Brooks, aged 16, a sempstress, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Martha Ridgeway" in 1840
  • Maryanne Brooks, aged 10, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Martha Ridgeway" in 1840
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Brooks (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Brooks (post 1700)



  • Michael Anthony Brooks (1958-2016), American professional basketball player
  • Martin E. Brooks (1925-2015), born Martin Baum, an American character actor, best known for playing scientist Dr. Rudy Wells in the television series The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman
  • Arthur Brooks (1933-2015), American singer, founding member of The Impressions
  • Dean Kent Brooks (1916-2013), American physician and actor, superintendent of Oregon State Hospital for 26 years who granted permission for the movie One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest (1975) to be filmed there
  • Major-General John B. Brooks (1891-1975), American Commanding General of the Alaskan Air Command, Adak, Alaska (1945)
  • Lieutenant-General Edward Hale Brooks (1893-1978), American Commanding General 2nd Army (1951-1953)
  • Cleanth Brooks (1906-1994), influential American literary critic, professor, and Rhodes Scholar
  • James Lawrence Brooks (b. 1940), American director, producer and screenwriter whose TV shows have won 20 Emmy Awards
  • Sharon Sanders Brooks, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Missouri, 2008
  • Josephine H. Brooks, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Florida, 1936, 1944
  • ... (Another 257 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Brooks Historic Events


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Brooks Historic Events




Empress of Ireland

  • Miss Dorothy Caroline Brooks (1906-1914), Canadian Third Class Passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914
  • Mrs. Henrietta Brooks (1880-1914), née Westwood Canadian Third Class Passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada who survived the sinking on the Empress of Ireland on May 29th 1914
  • Mr. Frank Percy Brooks (1884-1914), Canadian Second Class Passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada who survived the sinking on the Empress of Ireland on May 29th 1914
  • Mr. Harry Brooks (1886-1914), Canadian Third Class Passenger from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914

Halifax Explosion

  • Mr. Louis Frank  Brooks (1844-1917), Canadian resident from Tufts Cove, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. Donald Leslie Brooks (1922-1941), Australian Ordinary Seaman from St. Kilda, South Australia, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking

HMS Hood

  • Mr. Terrence L Brooks (b. 1904), English Marine serving for the Royal Marine from Halstead, Kent, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. Jack Brooks (b. 1901), English Stoker 1st Class serving for the Royal Navy from Urmston, Manchester, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. Gordon B Brooks (b. 1920), English Stoker 1st Class serving for the Royal Navy from Ledbury, Hampshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Terence Charles Frederick Brooks, British Sergeant Turret, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Frederick Brooks, British Marine, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died during the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. S G Brooks, British Boy, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. George Brooks, English 3rd Class Waiter from Southport, Lancashire, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Mr. James "Jay Ham" Brooks, American 1st Class Passenger from Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking by escaping in a collapsible

RMS Titanic

  • Mr. J. Brooks (d. 1912), aged 25, English Trimmer from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking

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Suggested Readings for the name Brooks


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Suggested Readings for the name Brooks



  • Brooks Family History by Bernice Brooks Casey.
  • The Brooks of Virginia by Bruce Montgomery Edwards.

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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Perseverando
Motto Translation: By persevering.


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Citations



  1. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  2. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

Other References

  1. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  2. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  3. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  4. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  5. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  7. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  8. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  9. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  10. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  11. ...

The Brooks Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Brooks Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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