When John Britton Brooks was born about 1860, in Hennock, Devon, England, United Kingdom, his father, James Brooks, was 34 and his mother, Elizabeth Brooks, was 38. He married Martha Nicholas in 1883, in Hennock, Devon, England, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 6 daughters. He lived in Bovey Tracey, Devon, England, United Kingdom in 1891 and Wareham, Dorset, England, United Kingdom for about 10 years.
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 .