Brewster Family History

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Brewster Name Meaning

Northern English and Scottish: occupational name for a brewer of beer or ale, from Old English breowan ‘to brew’. Brewer is the usual term in southern England, while Brewster is mainly midland, northern, and Scottish.

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

Similar surnames: Brewer, Bruster, Breuer, Bester, Easter, Brester, Preister, Beisner

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Brewster Family Origin

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Brewster Family Occupations

What did your Brewster ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Brewster occupation in the USA was Farmer. 33% of Brewster's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Brewster family was Farm Laborer. Farmer, Keeping House and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Brewster.

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Laborer

  • Farm Laborer


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Brewster ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Brewster Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Brewster. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Brewster census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 642 immigration records available for the last name Brewster. 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 Card

There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Brewster. For the veterans among your Brewster ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Brewster Life Expectancy

What is the average Brewster lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Brewster life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 1990. The average life expectancy for Brewster in 1941 was 51, and 73 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Brewster

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Brewster ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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