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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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Where is the Breen family from?

You can see how Breen families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Breen family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Breen families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 7 Breen families living in New York. This was about 27% of all the recorded Breen's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Breen families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Breen surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Breen ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Breen. 11% of Breen men worked as a Laborer and 10% of Breen women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Breen were Farmer 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

  • Laborer
    11%
  • Salesman
    8%
  • Clerk
    6%
  • Farmer
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
    10%
  • Clerk
    8%
  • Teacher
    7%
  • Housekeeper
    5%
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Census Records

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 Lists

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 Cards

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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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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