Brian Family History

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Brian Name Meaning

Irish and English: variant spelling of Bryan. French and English: from the Celtic personal name Brian, which contains the element bre- ‘hill’, with the transferred sense ‘eminence’. See also Bryan. French: nickname from Old Occitan brian ‘maggot’.

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

Similar surnames: Bryan, Briant, Brin, Brien, Organ, Brians, Brion, Burian, Briand

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Brian Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Brian name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Brian. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


  • Sweden


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Brian Family Origin

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Brian Family Occupations

What did your Brian ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Brian. A less common occupation for the Brian family was Farm Laborer. The most common Brian occupation in the USA was Farmer. 36% of Brian's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farm Laborer


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Brian Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 58,000 census records available for the last name Brian. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Brian 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 7,000 immigration records available for the last name Brian. 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 8,000 military records available for the last name Brian. For the veterans among your Brian ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Brian Life Expectancy

What is the average Brian lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Brian life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Brian in 1944 was 27, and 74 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Brian 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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