Breese Family History

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Breese Name Meaning

English: nickname for an irritating person, from Middle English breeze ‘gadfly’ (Old English breosa). Americanized spelling of the Welsh patronymic ap Rhys ‘son of Rhys’ (see Reese). German: habitational name from any of numerous places called Breese or Breesen, in Mecklenburg, Wendland (near Hannover), Brandenburg, and Pomerania. In some cases the place name is derived from West Slavic brjaza ‘birch’.

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

Similar surnames: Reese, Breeze, Beese, Briese, Breece, Freese, Leese, Rees, Brees

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Breese Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Breese name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Norway


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Breese Family Origin

Where is the Breese family from?

Breese Family Occupations

What did your Breese ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Breese occupation in the USA was Farmer. 42% of Breese's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Breese family was Blacksmith. Farmer, Keeping House and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Breese.

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Laborer

  • Blacksmith


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

Breese Historical Records

What Breese family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 30,000 census records available for the last name Breese. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Breese 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Breese. 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 4,000 military records available for the last name Breese. For the veterans among your Breese ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Breese Life Expectancy

What is the average Breese lifespan?

Between 1947 and 2004, in the United States, Breese life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1947, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Breese in 1947 was 31, and 81 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Breese 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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