Brooks Family History
Brooks Name Meaning
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. Americanized form of one or more similar (like-sounding) Jewish surnames. Americanized form of German Brucks . Americanized form of Dutch Broeks an inflected form of Broek see Brook .
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press