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Brees Name Meaning

Dutch: habitational name from any of the various places in France named Buré, for example in Orne and Meurthe-et-Moselle, or from a Dutch form of the personal name Brictius.

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

Similar surnames: Drees, Bress, Breed, Blees, Breese, Bries, Beets, Brue, Rees, Brenes

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Where is the Brees family from?

You can see how Brees families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Brees family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Brees families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 22 Brees families living in New York. This was about 48% of all the recorded Brees's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Brees families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Brees surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Brees ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Brees. 24% of Brees men worked as a Farmer and 28% of Brees women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Brees were Truck Driver and Maid.

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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
  • Salesman
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
  • Teacher
  • Seamstress
  • Maid
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Census Records

There are 7,000 census records available for the last name Brees. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Brees 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 433 immigration records available for the last name Brees. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Brees. For the veterans among your Brees ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Brees lifespan?

Between 1961 and 2004, in the United States, Brees life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1962, and highest in 1969. The average life expectancy for Brees in 1961 was 57, and 80 in 2004.

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