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Brennan Name Meaning

Irish:: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Branáin or Mac Branáin ‘descendant (or son) of Branán’ a personal name meaning ‘little raven’. Anglicized form of Ó Braonáin ‘descendant of Braonán’ a personal name based on a diminutive of braon ‘drop’. Compare Aubry

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Drennan, Greenan, Grennan, Bressan, Brenna, Grannan, Breihan, Brenton

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Where is the Brennan family from?

You can see how Brennan families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Brennan family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Brennan families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 21 Brennan families living in New York. This was about 60% of all the recorded Brennan's in USA. New York had the highest population of Brennan families in 1840.
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What did your Brennan ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Brennan. 11% of Brennan men worked as a Laborer and 8% of Brennan women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Brennan were Farmer and Secretary. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Clerk
  • Farmer

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Stenographer
  • Teacher
  • Clerk
  • Secretary
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Passenger Lists

There are 82,000 immigration records available for the last name Brennan. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 69,000 military records available for the last name Brennan. For the veterans among your Brennan ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Brennan lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Brennan life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Brennan in 1940 was 40, and 74 in 2004.

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