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Browning Name Meaning

English (southern): from the Middle English personal name Brouning (Old English Brūning) a derivative of the byname Brūn (see Brown ).

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


Similar surnames: Brownrigg, Bruning, Brownlow, Brownlee, Gowing, Brauning, Bowring

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Where is the Browning family from?

You can see how Browning families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Browning family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Browning families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 65 Browning families living in Kentucky. This was about 11% of all the recorded Browning's in USA. Kentucky had the highest population of Browning families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Browning surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Browning ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Browning. 17% of Browning men worked as a Farmer and 7% of Browning women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Browning were Truck Driver and Seamstress. .

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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

  • Farmer
    17%
  • Laborer
    16%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housekeeper
    7%
  • Teacher
    7%
  • Housewife
    7%
  • Seamstress
    5%
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Census Records

There are 273,000 census records available for the last name Browning. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Browning 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 30,000 immigration records available for the last name Browning. 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 47,000 military records available for the last name Browning. For the veterans among your Browning ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Browning lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Browning life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1947, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Browning in 1941 was 33, and 74 in 2004.

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