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Brass Name Meaning

English (Northumberland): variant of Brace. North German (also Bräss): nickname from Middle Low German bras ‘noise’, ‘pomp’, a related form of brasch (see Braasch). German: topographic name from Brass ‘broom’, ‘gorse’, a common name element in the Lower Rhine and Ruhr.

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


Similar surnames: Blass, Bross, Grass, Bras, Bass, Krass, Plass, Drass, Brush, Brase

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Where is the Brass family from?

You can see how Brass families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Brass family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Brass families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 5 Brass families living in New York. This was about 26% of all the recorded Brass's in the USA. New York and 1 other state had the highest population of Brass families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Brass surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Brass ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Brass. 20% of Brass men worked as a Farmer and 17% of Brass women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Brass were Machinist and Teacher.

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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
    20%
  • Laborer
    17%
  • Salesman
    10%
  • Machinist
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    17%
  • Clerk
    9%
  • Maid
    9%
  • Teacher
    8%
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Census Records

There are 24,000 census records available for the last name Brass. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Brass census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Brass. 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 4,000 military records available for the last name Brass. For the veterans among your Brass ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Brass lifespan?

Between 1956 and 2004, in the United States, Brass life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 1968. The average life expectancy for Brass in 1956 was 58, and 78 in 2004.

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