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Briggs Name Meaning

English: variant of Brigg with post-medieval excrescent -s from Middle English brig(g) (Old Norse bryggja) the northern and Scottish word for bridge for someone who lived by a bridge or who came from any of the places called from the word.

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


Similar surnames: Riggs, Biggs, Trigg, Bridge, Bright, Bigby, Prigge, Rings, Triggs

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Where is the Briggs family from?

You can see how Briggs families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Briggs family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Briggs families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 525 Briggs families living in New York. This was about 30% of all the recorded Briggs's in USA. New York had the highest population of Briggs families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Briggs surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Briggs ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Briggs. 15% of Briggs men worked as a Laborer and 7% of Briggs women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Briggs were Truck Driver and Maid. .

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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
    15%
  • Farmer
    14%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
    7%
  • Teacher
    7%
  • Housekeeper
    6%
  • Maid
    5%
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Census Records

There are 648,000 census records available for the last name Briggs. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Briggs 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 46,000 immigration records available for the last name Briggs. 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 77,000 military records available for the last name Briggs. For the veterans among your Briggs ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Briggs lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Briggs life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Briggs in 1940 was 42, and 76 in 2004.

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