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Brake Name Meaning

English (Somerset and Dorset): topographic name for someone who lived by a clump of bushes or by a patch of bracken. Brake ‘thicket’ and brake ‘bracken’ were homonyms in Middle English. The first is from Old English bracu; the second is by folk etymology from northern Middle English braken -en being taken as a plural ending. After the words had fallen together their senses also became confused. North German: habitational name from any of several places so named notably a town on the Weser River or a topographic name from Middle Low German brāke mening either ‘breach in the dyke’ or ‘brushwood’. Dutch (Te Brake Van de Brake): topographic name from braak ‘wasteland fallow’ or ‘breached (dyke)’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Drake, Rake, Blake, Lake, Brace, Brakel, Bake, Braker, Brack, Brede

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Where is the Brake family from?

You can see how Brake families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Brake family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Brake families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 14 Brake families living in Ohio. This was about 24% of all the recorded Brake's in USA. Ohio had the highest population of Brake families in 1840.
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What did your Brake ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Brake. 23% of Brake men worked as a Farmer and 12% of Brake women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Brake were Salesman and Seamstress. .

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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
  • Laborer
  • Farming
  • Salesman

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housekeeper
  • Teacher
  • Housewife
  • Seamstress
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Passenger Lists

There are 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Brake. 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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There are 7,000 military records available for the last name Brake. For the veterans among your Brake ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Brake lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Brake life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Brake in 1942 was 59, and 67 in 2004.

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