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Bradner Name Meaning

English (mainly Somerset): habitational name from Bradnor in Herefordshire, so named with Old English brad ‘broad’ (dative -an) + ora ‘hill slope’. Possibly an altered spelling of the South German surname Brettner, an occupational name for someone who cut shingles or boards, from an agent derivative of Middle High German bret ‘board’, or in some cases perhaps a habitational name for someone from Bretten in Baden.

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

Similar surnames: Bradney, Radner, Brader, Radney, Trainer, Brager, Brauner, Rader

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Where is the Bradner family from?

You can see how Bradner families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Bradner family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Bradner families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 16 Bradner families living in New York. This was about 59% of all the recorded Bradner's in USA. New York had the highest population of Bradner families in 1840.
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What did your Bradner ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Secretary were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Bradner. 38% of Bradner men worked as a Farmer and 30% of Bradner women worked as a Secretary. Some less common occupations for Americans named Bradner were Laborer and Housekeeper. .

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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

  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Manager
  • Laborer

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Secretary
  • Teacher
  • Machine Operator
  • Housekeeper
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Bradner. 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 Cards

There are 942 military records available for the last name Bradner. For the veterans among your Bradner ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Bradner lifespan?

Between 1956 and 2004, in the United States, Bradner life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 1993. The average life expectancy for Bradner in 1956 was 48, and 67 in 2004.

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