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Bress Family History

Bress Name Meaning

Probably a variant of French Bresse, ethnic name for someone from the region of France called Bresse, or habitational name from any of various places of this name, derived from the Gallo-Roman personal name Bricius (see Brice).

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


Similar surnames: Brees, Kress, Gress, Bess, Tress, Press, Bruss, Dress, Bross, Brass

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Where is the Bress family from?

You can see how Bress families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Bress family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1841 and 1920. The most Bress families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 8 Bress families living in Wisconsin. This was about 33% of all the recorded Bress's in the USA. Wisconsin had the highest population of Bress families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Bress surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Bress ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housework were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Bress. 23% of Bress men worked as a Laborer and 43% of Bress women worked as a Housework. Some less common occupations for Americans named Bress were Proprietor and Saleslady.

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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
    23%
  • Farmer
    17%
  • Salesman
    13%
  • Proprietor
    9%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housework
    43%
  • Housekeeper
    29%
  • Saleslady
    29%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 587 immigration records available for the last name Bress. 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 642 military records available for the last name Bress. For the veterans among your Bress ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Bress lifespan?

Between 1959 and 2004, in the United States, Bress life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1980, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Bress in 1959 was 56, and 88 in 2004.

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