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Brace Name Meaning

English: probably from Middle English, Old French brace ‘arm’, also denoting a piece of armor covering the arm. In most cases it is probably a metonymic occupational name for a maker or seller of armor, specifically armor designed to protect the upper arms, but it could also have been a nickname for someone with strong arms (compare Armstrong) or a deformed or otherwise noticeable arm.

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


Similar surnames: Brack, Race, Grace, Brake, Brach, Brice, Drape, Brame, Bracco, Blake

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Where is the Brace family from?

You can see how Brace families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Brace family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Brace families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 48 Brace families living in New York. This was about 41% of all the recorded Brace's in USA. New York had the highest population of Brace families in 1840.
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What did your Brace ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Brace. 18% of Brace men worked as a Laborer and 9% of Brace women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Brace were Truck Driver and Stenographer. .

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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
    18%
  • Farmer
    15%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Teacher
    9%
  • Maid
    7%
  • Housewife
    7%
  • Stenographer
    6%
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Passenger Lists

There are 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Brace. 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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There are 7,000 military records available for the last name Brace. For the veterans among your Brace ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Brace lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Brace life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 1996. The average life expectancy for Brace in 1944 was 41, and 77 in 2004.

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