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Brenn Family History

Brenn Name Meaning

German: from Middle High German brennen ‘to burn something’, an occupational name either for someone who cleared forest land by burning, or for a distiller of spirits. Compare Brenner.

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


Similar surnames: Brent, Brenna, Krenn, Rann, Senn, Grenz, Benn, Buren, Brede, Braun

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Where is the Brenn family from?

You can see how Brenn families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Brenn family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Brenn families were found in USA in 1920. In 1840 there was 1 Brenn family living in Delaware. This was about 50% of all the recorded Brenn's in USA. Delaware and 1 other state had the highest population of Brenn families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Brenn surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Brenn ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Brenn. 16% of Brenn men worked as a Farmer and 12% of Brenn women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Brenn were Mechanic and Waitress. .

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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
    16%
  • Laborer
    15%
  • Salesman
    12%
  • Mechanic
    7%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Stenographer
    12%
  • Housework
    12%
  • Laundress
    9%
  • Waitress
    9%
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Census Records

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

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What is the average Brenn lifespan?

Between 1950 and 2004, in the United States, Brenn life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Brenn in 1950 was 39, and 81 in 2004.

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