The name Brooklyn can be used as a reference to the borough of the same name in New York, which was named Breuckelen after a town in the early settlers' native Netherlands. The word means 'broken land'. It can also be seen as an extension of the English surname Brook, meaning one who lived near a brook.
However, in the US Brooklyn (and its variant spellings, Brooklynn, Brooklynne and Brooklin) is a fairly common girl's name taken from combining the pre-existing name Brook with the common -lyn ending found in several modern American girls' names, ie. Caitlyn, Ashlyn and Jaylyn.
Famous people called Brooklyn:
Brooklyn Beckham, model and son of David Beckham (born Brooklyn James Beckham)
Brooklyn Decker, American supermodel
Can be shortened to:
Brooke, Brook, Lyn Surnames to avoid Brooklyn with:
Surnames beginning with a 'N' sound, ie. Norton or Norman, might cause problems as when said aloud this combination of sounds may result in elision – when two words slurred together end up sounding like one.
Foreign variants include Gafar (Arabic), Jaffer (Hindi) and Byrne (Irish), all meaning 'brook'.
Similar-sounding English names include Brook, Brock and Franklin.
Brooklyn can be used as a girl's name, often spelt Brooklynn or Brooklynne to emphasise its connection to other female names with a similar ending.
Celebrities who named their baby Brooklyn:
David and Victoria Beckham
Jonathan Demme, who directed The Silence of the Lambs