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Bruce Family History

Bruce Name Meaning
Scottish and English (of Norman origin): habitational name from a place in Normandy which has not been certainly identified. Traditionally, it is believed to be derived from Brix near Cherbourg, but Le Brus in Calvados and Briouze in Orne have also been proposed as candidates.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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Name Distribution of Bruce Families

  • Number of Bruce families
     231 - 460
     78 - 230
     1 - 77
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Bruce families
     594 - 1,185
     199 - 593
     1 - 198
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Bruce families
     780 - 1,557
     261 - 779
     1 - 260
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Bruce Family Origin

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Bruce Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Bruce

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Bruce Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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