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Breslau Family History

Breslau Name Meaning

Jewish (Ashkenazic): habitational name from Breslau, German name of the Polish city of Wroclaw, which for a long time was part of Germany.

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


Similar surnames: Breslauer, Bresler, Bressan, Breslow, Presler, Brandau, Brescia

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Where is the Breslau family from?

You can see how Breslau families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Breslau family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1841 and 1920. The most Breslau families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 2 Breslau families living in New York. This was about 67% of all the recorded Breslau's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Breslau families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Breslau surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Breslau ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Salesman and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Breslau. 60% of Breslau men worked as a Salesman.

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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

  • Salesman
    60%
  • Farming
    40%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
    100%
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What Breslau family records will you find?

Census Records

There are 960 census records available for the last name Breslau. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Breslau 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 517 immigration records available for the last name Breslau. 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 22,000 military records available for the last name Breslau. For the veterans among your Breslau ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Breslau lifespan?

Between 1963 and 2004, in the United States, Breslau life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1988, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Breslau in 1963 was 69, and 95 in 2004.

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