Brooke - Meaning of Brooke
[ 1 syll. broo-ke, br-o-oke ] The baby girl name Brooke is also used as a boy name, though it is far more popular for girls. It is pronounced BRuw-K †. Brooke has its origins in the Old English language and it is used largely in English. The meaning of Brooke is 'dweller by the brook'. It is derived from brook ; broc which means 'brook'. The name was first popularized by the US socialite Brooke Astor (1902-2007); it later gained widespread adoption as a feminine name from the fame of the actress Brooke Shields (1965-). Brooke is the feminine version of the English Brooks.
Another form of the name is the English spelling variant Brook.
See also the related form, the English Brooklyn.
Brooke is popular as a baby girl name. The name grew in popularity from the 1960s up to the 1990s. At the modest peak of its usage in 1996, 0.351% of baby girls were named Brooke. It was #45 in rank then. The baby name has experienced a decline in popularity since then. In 2018, it ranked at #201 with a usage of 0.082%, but it was nevertheless the most regularly used out of all girl names in its family. Brooke has primarily been a baby girl name in the last century.
† Pronunciation for Brooke: B as in "be (B.IY)" ; R as in "race (R.EY.S)" ; UW as in "two (T.UW)" ; K as in "key (K.IY)"
Details of famous persons named Brooke:
Actress Brooke Burns, born 16 March 1978, Dallas, Texas.
Actress Brooke Shields, born Brooke Christa Camille Shields May 31, 1965, New York City, New York.
Model Brooke Burke, born 8 September 1971, Hartford, Connecticut.
Socialite Brooke Astor, born Roberta Brooke Russell March 30, 1902 - August 13, 2007, Portsmouth, New Hampshire.