Bracken Family History

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Bracken Name Meaning

Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Breacáin ‘descendant of Breacán’, a personal name from a diminutive of breac ‘speckled’, ‘spotted’, which was borne by a 6th-century saint who lived at Ballyconnel, County Cavan, and was famous as a healer; St. Bricin’s Military Hospital, Dublin is named in his honor. English: topographic name from Middle English braken ‘bracken’ (from Old English bræcen or Old Norse brakni), or a habitational name from a place named with this word, such as Bracken in East Yorkshire or Bracon Ash in Norfolk. German: especially in the north, probably a topographic name from Middle Low German brake ‘brushwood’, ‘fallow land’, ‘copse’, an element of many field and place names.

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

Similar surnames: Brake, Bracker, Bricker, Brack, Blacker, Crackel, Brackney, Brackley

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Bracken Ethnicity Estimate

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These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Bracken. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Bracken Family Origin

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Bracken Family Occupations

What did your Bracken ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Bracken occupation in the USA was Farmer. 30% of Bracken's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Bracken. A less common occupation for the Bracken family was Carpenter.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Carpenter


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Bracken Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 56,000 census records available for the last name Bracken. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Bracken census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Bracken. 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 Card

There are 11,000 military records available for the last name Bracken. For the veterans among your Bracken ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Bracken Life Expectancy

What is the average Bracken lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Bracken life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Bracken in 1941 was 34, and 77 in 2004.

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