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What does Brooke mean?

Brooke /broo-ke/ as a girls' name (also used less regularly as boys' name Brooke) is pronounced bruk. It is of Old English and Old German origin, and the meaning of Brooke is "water, small stream".

Also a surname. Actress Brooke Shields has made the English surname familiar as a girl's given name today. Actress Brooke Adams; philanthropist Brooke Astor.

Associated with: old english, water, small (little), stream (river), surname


Brooke has 8 variants: Brook, Brookelle, Brookie, Brooklyn, Brooklynn, Brooklynne, Brooks and Brooky.

Kreatif forms:
(female) Broobe, Brooie, ..

(male) Broone, Broove, ..

How popular is Brooke?

Brooke is a very popular first name for females (#397 out of 4276, Top 9%) and also a very popular last name for both adults and children (#6608 out of 150436, Top 4%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Charted below is the birth name history of Brooke for girls. Brooke entered the list in 1940-1949 and reached its top position of #43 in the U.S. in the year 2003, and is presently at #137. (2014 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Brooke name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Brooke outside U.S.

Brooklyn (#26 in 2014), Brooklynn (#159), Brooklynne and Brook are the popular alternative forms of Brooke (#137 in 2014) appearing in the Top 2000. These forms of Brooke reached the height of their popularity less than a decade ago (adoption of 1.1%) and are almost as popular today (adoption 0.8%, 24%), but with versions such as Brook becoming somewhat outmoded. Brooke has historically been preferred by parents, though Brooklyn is currently the more favored form.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Brooke, Brook, Brooklyn, Brooklynn, Brooklynne in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Brooke, Brooklyn, Brooklynn outside U.S.

Similar Names


Brooke is alike in pronunciation to Breck. Other suggested similar names are Becke, Blake, Bobbe, Bobie, Bonie, Bonne, Borka, Bracken, Bradee, Bradie, Brande, Branka, Brayne, Bree, Brenee, Brenie, Brenne, Breona, Brette, Briane, Bride, Bridee, Bridie, Brie, Brighe, Brilie (see Briley), Briona, Brione, Brioni, Brionne, Briony, Britte, Brodie, Brogan, Brogyn, Bronia, Bronnie, Bronny, Bronte, Bronwen, Bronya, Brucie, Bryce, Brydie, Brylee, Brynne, Bryonie, Bryony and Erike. These names tend to be less frequently used than Brooke.