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Brush Family History

Brush Name Meaning
English: of uncertain origin. It may be a nickname for someone thought to resemble a brush (Middle English brusche, from Old French brosse), or a metonymic occupational name for a brush maker. It could also be from a related word, brusche ‘cut wood’, ‘branches lopped off trees’ (Old French brousse), applied as a metonymic occupational name for a forester or woodcutter, or a topographic name for someone who lived in a scrubby area of country, from Old French broce ‘brushwood’, ‘scrub’, ‘thicket’ (Late Latin bruscia).Respelling of German Brusch or Brüsch, a topographic name from the field name Brüsch (Middle High German brüsch ‘heather’, ‘broom’ or ‘brush’).

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

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Name Distribution of Brush Families

  • Number of Brush families
     167 - 332
     56 - 166
     1 - 55
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Brush families
     29 - 55
     10 - 28
     1 - 9
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Brush families
     3 - 4
     2 - 2
     1
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Brush Family Origin

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Brush Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Brush

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Brush Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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