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Brent Family History

Brent Name Meaning

topographic name for someone who lived by a piece of ground that had been cleared by fire, from Middle English brend, past participle of brennen ‘to burn’. habitational name from any of the places in Devon and Somerset named Brent, probably from Old English brant ‘steep’, or from an old Celtic (British) word meaning ‘hill’, ‘high place’. byname or nickname for a criminal who had been branded; compare Henry Brendcheke (‘burned cheek’), recorded in Northumbria in 1279.

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


Similar surnames: Trent, Brenn, Bent, Great, Bratt, Buren, Bream, Gent, Brett, Best

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Where is the Brent family from?

You can see how Brent families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Brent family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Brent families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 29 Brent families living in Virginia. This was about 29% of all the recorded Brent's in the USA. Virginia had the highest population of Brent families in 1840.
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What did your Brent ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Brent. 19% of Brent men worked as a Farmer and 14% of Brent women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Brent were Porter and Housework.

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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
    19%
  • Laborer
    18%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Porter
    3%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
    14%
  • Cook
    7%
  • Teacher
    7%
  • Housework
    6%
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Passenger Lists

There are 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Brent. 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 10,000 military records available for the last name Brent. For the veterans among your Brent ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Brent lifespan?

Between 1947 and 2004, in the United States, Brent life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Brent in 1947 was 37, and 76 in 2004.

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