Breen Family History

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Breen Name Meaning

Irish: either a shortened form of McBreen or an Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Braoin ‘descendant of Braon’, a byname meaning ‘moisture’, ‘drop’.

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

Similar surnames: Bree, Green, Boreen, Reen, Brew, Breden, Boden, Bowen, Wren, Bean

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Breen Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Breen name?

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

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  • Ireland & Scotland


  • England & Wales


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • France


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Breen Family Origin

Where is the Breen family from?

Breen Family Occupations

What did your Breen ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Breen occupation in the USA was Farmer. 16% of Breen's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Breen family was Carpenter. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Breen.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Carpenter


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Breen ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Breen Historical Records

What Breen family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 122,000 census records available for the last name Breen. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Breen 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 31,000 immigration records available for the last name Breen. 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 Breen. For the veterans among your Breen ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Breen Life Expectancy

What is the average Breen lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Breen life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Breen in 1945 was 30, and 76 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Breen 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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