History of your Surname
Get access to Brach family records.Start a free trial

Brach Family History

Brach Name Meaning

German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): topographic name from Middle High German brache ‘fallow land’, ‘pastureland’, originally ‘newly plowed land’. Jewish (Ashkenazic): variant of Barach. English: topographic name from Middle English breche, Old English br?c ‘newly cultivated land’ (a derivative of brecan ‘to break’, i.e. ‘land broken by the plow’), or a habitational name from any of the places named with this element, as for example Brache in Luton, Bedfordshire, and Breach in Maulden, Bedfordshire.

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


Similar surnames: Bach, Beach, Brack, Drach, Roch, Bruch, Branch, Rach, Leach, Brauch

Search for a relative to learn more about your family history.

Hint: Try searching for a relative alive in 1940.

Black & white image of a young woman scientist

Where is the Brach family from?

You can see how Brach families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Brach family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Brach families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 5 Brach families living in New Jersey. This was about 26% of all the recorded Brach's in the USA. New Jersey and 1 other state had the highest population of Brach families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Brach surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Brach ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Brach. 21% of Brach men worked as a Laborer and 11% of Brach women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Brach were Machinist and Housework.

View Census data for Brach | Data not to scale

*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
    21%
  • Farmer
    21%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Machinist
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    11%
  • Teacher
    11%
  • Housekeeper
    9%
  • Housework
    6%
Black & white image of two construction labourers

What Brach family records will you find?

Census Records

There are 11,000 census records available for the last name Brach. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Brach census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

Search US census records for Brach

Passenger Lists

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Brach. 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.

View all Brach immigration records

Draft Cards

There are 13,000 military records available for the last name Brach. For the veterans among your Brach ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

View all Brach military records

You've only scratched the surface of Brach family history.

Discover More

What is the average Brach lifespan?

Between 1962 and 2004, in the United States, Brach life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1966, and highest in 1995. The average life expectancy for Brach in 1962 was 69, and 84 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Brach

Discover the unique achievements of ancestors in the Brach family tree

Explore Your Tree
Search for another surname
Start a 14-Day Free Trial