Brooke, Brook

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FOR REAL: An English surname denoting someone who lived near a brook. Its popularity as a first name probably began in the mid 20th century with the rise to fame of Brooke Astor (1902-2007), an American philanthropist and socialite. Incidentally, Brooke was Astor's middle name (her first was Roberta); she was named for her maternal grandmother, one of whose middle names was Brooke. Actress Brooke Shields further helped the name's popularity along.


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