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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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Where is the Breese family from?

You can see how Breese families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Breese family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1840 and 1920. The most Breese families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 12 Breese families living in New Jersey. This was about 27% of all the recorded Breese's in the USA. New Jersey had the highest population of Breese families in 1840.
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What did your Breese ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Breese. 16% of Breese men worked as a Laborer and 13% of Breese women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Breese were Truck Driver and Secretary.

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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
    16%
  • Farmer
    16%
  • Salesman
    8%
  • Truck Driver
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    13%
  • Teacher
    10%
  • Clerk
    9%
  • Secretary
    6%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

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 Cards

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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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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