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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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You can see how Bracken families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Bracken family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Bracken families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 25 Bracken families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 27% of all the recorded Bracken's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Bracken families in 1840.
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What did your Bracken ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Bracken. 17% of Bracken men worked as a Laborer and 10% of Bracken women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Bracken were Clerk and Secretary. .

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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
    17%
  • Farmer
    15%
  • Salesman
    7%
  • Clerk
    5%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Teacher
    10%
  • Clerk
    10%
  • Housekeeper
    7%
  • Secretary
    7%
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Passenger Lists

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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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