E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
The name assumed by Ford when he visits Sir John Falstaff. The amorous knight tells Master Brook all about his amour with Mrs. Ford, and how he duped her husband by being stowed into a basket of dirty linen.
Ford. Ill give you a pottle of burnt sack to give me recourse to him, and tell him my name is Brook, only for a jest.
Host My hand, bully. Thou shalt have egress and regress, and thy name shall be Brook.Shakespeare. Merry Wives of Windsor, ii. 1.