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The BROOKS surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 240,751 77 0.089 892
United States (1880 census) 54,817 68 0.110 1,096
Change since 1880 +185934 -9 -0.021 -204
Other Countries
Australia 8,108 153 0.050 496
United Kingdom 36,160 128 0.079 787
Top States for BROOKS by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Texas 18,525 109 0.089 888
California 15,232 180 0.045 450
Florida 14,658 83 0.092 917
Georgia 12,812 49 0.157 1,565
North Carolina 11,724 60 0.146 1,457
Top States for BROOKS by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Alabama 8,638 51 0.194 1,942
Tennessee 10,061 53 0.177 1,768
Washington DC 930 42 0.163 1,626
Georgia 12,812 49 0.157 1,565
Virginia 10,846 44 0.153 1,532


'A figure of zero indicates that we don't have data for this name (usually because it's quite uncommon and our stats don't go down that far). It doesn't mean that there's no-one with that name at all!

For less common surnames, the figures get progressively less reliable the fewer holders of that name there are. This data is aggregated from several public lists, and some stats are interpolated from known values. The margin of error is well over 100% at the rarest end of the table!

For less common surnames, the frequency and "per million" values may be 0 even though there are people with that name. That's because they represent less than one in a million of the population, which ends up as 0 after rounding.

It's possible for a surname to gain in rank and/or total while being less common per million people (or vice versa) as there are now more surnames in the USA as a result of immigration. In mathematical terms, the tail has got longer, with a far larger number of less common surnames.

Figures for top states show firstly the states where most people called BROOKS live. This obviously tends to be biased towards the most populous states. The second set of figures show where people called BROOKS represent the biggest proportion of the population. So, in this case, there are more people called BROOKS in Texas than any other state, but you are more likely to find a BROOKS by picking someone at random in Alabama than anywhere else.

Classification and Origin of BROOKS

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: England

Language of origin: English

Ethnic origin: English

Religious origin: Christian

Data for religion and/or language relates to the culture in which the BROOKS surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the language spoken, or religion practised, by the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Data for ethnic origin relates to the region and country in which the BROOKS surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the ethnicity of the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Ethnic distribution of BROOKS in the USA

Classification Total Percent
Asian/Pacific 987 0.41
White (Caucasian) 150,999 62.72
Black/African American 78,653 32.67
Mixed Race 4,406 1.83
White (Hispanic) 3,900 1.62
Native American/Alaskan 1,806 0.75

Ethnic distribution data shows the number and percentage of people with the BROOKS surname who reported their ethnic background as being in these broad categories in the most recent national census.

Meaning of BROOKS in historical publications

(origin: Local) Brooks, Becks, and Rundels are names for small rivers.

Arthur, William (1857) An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. New York: Sheldon, Blakeman. Public Domain.


Lower, Mark A (1860) Patronymica Britannica: a dictionary of the family names of the United Kingdom. London: J.R. Smith. Public Domain.

Similar names to BROOKS

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as BROOKS.

This does not necessarily imply a direct relationship between the names, but may indicate names that could be mistaken for this one when written down or misheard.

Matches are generated automatically by a combination of Soundex, Metaphone and Levenshtein matching.

Potential typos for BROOKS

The following words are slight variants of BROOKS that are likely to be possible typos or misspellings in written material.