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Brenton Name Meaning

English (Devon): habitational name primarily from Brenton near Exminster, possibly named in Old English as Br¯ningtun ‘settlement (Old English tun) associated with Br¯ni’ (a personal name from Old English bryne ‘fire’, ‘flame’), or from any of the places mentioned at Brinton.

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


Similar surnames: Brinton, Branton, Benton, Brunton, Kenton, Renton, Brewton, Benson

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Where is the Brenton family from?

You can see how Brenton families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Brenton family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Brenton families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 15 Brenton families living in Indiana. This was about 50% of all the recorded Brenton's in the USA. Indiana had the highest population of Brenton families in 1840.
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What did your Brenton ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Brenton. 14% of Brenton men worked as a Laborer and 13% of Brenton women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Brenton were Salesman 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

  • Laborer
    14%
  • Farmer
    13%
  • Carpenter
    7%
  • Salesman
    7%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
    13%
  • Housewife
    12%
  • Teacher
    10%
  • Waitress
    10%
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Passenger Lists

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

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What is the average Brenton lifespan?

Between 1948 and 2004, in the United States, Brenton life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1960, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Brenton in 1948 was 46, and 86 in 2004.

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