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Branch Name Meaning

English: from Middle English, Old French branche ‘branch’ (Late Latin branca ‘foot’, ‘paw’), the application of which as a surname is not clear. In America it has been adopted as a translation of any of the numerous Swedish surnames containing the element gren ‘branch’, and likewise of French Labranche, German Zweig, and Finnish Haara, Oksa, and Oksana.

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

Similar surnames: Branche, Brach, Blanch, Trench, Brack, Ranch, Beach, Brauch, Branca

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Where is the Branch family from?

You can see how Branch families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Branch family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Branch families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 58 Branch families living in Virginia. This was about 17% of all the recorded Branch's in the USA. Virginia had the highest population of Branch families in 1840.
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What did your Branch ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Branch. 26% of Branch men worked as a Laborer and 14% of Branch women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Branch were Salesman and Servant.

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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
  • Farmer
  • Farm Laborer
  • Salesman

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
  • Cook
  • Housekeeper
  • Servant
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Census Records

There are 153,000 census records available for the last name Branch. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Branch census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 10,000 immigration records available for the last name Branch. 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 63,000 military records available for the last name Branch. For the veterans among your Branch ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Branch lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Branch life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Branch in 1942 was 64, and 71 in 2004.

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