Bradbury Family History

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Bradbury Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of various minor places so called, in several counties, all first recorded fairly late. The etymology is generally Old English brad ‘broad’ + burh ‘fort’ (see Bury), but Bradbury in County Durham is recorded in Old English as Brydbyrig, the first element probably being Old English bred ‘board’. This is probably also the first element in Bradbury, Cheshire.

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

Similar surnames: Bradburn, Woodbury, Banbury, Gadbury, Bradley, Bradner, Hanbury

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Bradbury Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Bradbury name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • France


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Bradbury Family Origin

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Bradbury Family Occupations

What did your Bradbury ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Keeping House and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Bradbury. A less common occupation for the Bradbury family was Machinist. The most common Bradbury occupation in the USA was Farmer. 32% of Bradbury's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Laborer

  • Machinist


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Bradbury Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 195,000 census records available for the last name Bradbury. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Bradbury 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 15,000 immigration records available for the last name Bradbury. 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 18,000 military records available for the last name Bradbury. For the veterans among your Bradbury ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Bradbury Life Expectancy

What is the average Bradbury lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Bradbury life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Bradbury in 1940 was 39, and 75 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Bradbury ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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