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Braley Name Meaning

English: probably a variant spelling of Brailey. French: from a diminutive of Brael, from Old French braiel, a belt knotted at the waist to hold up breeches, presumably an occupational name for a maker of such belts. There may be some connection with Breilly (see Brallier). This is a New England name.

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


Similar surnames: Bruley, Bradley, Braly, Bralley, Staley, Paley, Brailey, Bramley

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Where is the Braley family from?

You can see how Braley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Braley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Braley families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 24 Braley families living in Massachusetts. This was about 28% of all the recorded Braley's in the USA. Massachusetts had the highest population of Braley families in 1840.
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What did your Braley ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Braley. 21% of Braley men worked as a Laborer and 10% of Braley women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Braley were Truck Driver and Stenographer.

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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
    21%
  • Farmer
    18%
  • Salesman
    8%
  • Truck Driver
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
    10%
  • Housework
    8%
  • Teacher
    7%
  • Stenographer
    6%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Braley. 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 3,000 military records available for the last name Braley. For the veterans among your Braley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Braley lifespan?

Between 1948 and 2004, in the United States, Braley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Braley in 1948 was 37, and 74 in 2004.

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