Brookes Family History

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Brookes Name Meaning

English: variant of Brook, which preserves the Old English genitive case (i.e. ‘of the brook’).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Brooke, Brooks, Brooker, Brook, Booker, Brookens, Brookins, Brockus

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Brookes Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Brookes name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Brookes. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


  • Sweden


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Brookes Family Origin

Where is the Brookes family from?

Brookes Family Occupations

What did your Brookes ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Brookes occupation in the USA was Farmer. 23% of Brookes's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Brookes family was Farm Laborer. Farmer, Keeping House and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Brookes.

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Laborer

  • Farm Laborer


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Brookes ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Brookes Historical Records

What Brookes family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 142,000 census records available for the last name Brookes. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Brookes census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 12,000 immigration records available for the last name Brookes. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 10,000 military records available for the last name Brookes. For the veterans among your Brookes ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Brookes Life Expectancy

What is the average Brookes lifespan?

Between 1958 and 2004, in the United States, Brookes life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1960, and highest in 1992. The average life expectancy for Brookes in 1958 was 53, and 75 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Brookes ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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