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Brehm Name Meaning

South German: nickname for a restless, cantankerous man, from Middle High German brem(e) ‘horsefly’, a derivative of bremen ‘to buzz or grumble’ . German: topographic or habitational name from a field named with Brem ‘swampy bank’, simply as Brehm, Brem, or Bräm, or in compounds such as Bremgarten, Bremkamp. In Switzerland the regular spelling of this name is Bräm.

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


Similar surnames: Brahm, Rehm, Boehm, Bream, Bruehl, Brumm, Riehm, Bohm, Breck, Behm

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Where is the Brehm family from?

You can see how Brehm families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Brehm family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Brehm families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 2 Brehm families living in Ohio. This was about 50% of all the recorded Brehm's in the USA. Ohio had the highest population of Brehm families in 1840.
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What did your Brehm ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Brehm. 18% of Brehm men worked as a Farmer and 10% of Brehm women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Brehm were Clerk and Clerk.

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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
    18%
  • Laborer
    13%
  • Salesman
    8%
  • Clerk
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    10%
  • Housekeeper
    7%
  • Maid
    7%
  • Clerk
    7%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Brehm. 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 8,000 military records available for the last name Brehm. For the veterans among your Brehm ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Brehm lifespan?

Between 1947 and 2004, in the United States, Brehm life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Brehm in 1947 was 53, and 77 in 2004.

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