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Brief Name Meaning

German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): from Middle High German brief ‘letter’, ‘missive’, German Brief, hence a metonymic occupational name for a letter carrier or scribe. French: nickname from bref ‘short’.

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


Similar surnames: Reef, Brier, Grief, Kries, Britz, Priem, Briel, Rief, Stief, Brin

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Where is the Brief family from?

You can see how Brief families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Brief family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Scotland between 1851 and 1920. The most Brief families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 4 Brief families living in Michigan. This was 100% of all the recorded Brief's in the USA. Michigan had the highest population of Brief families in 1880.
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What did your Brief ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Accountant and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Brief. 22% of Brief men worked as an Accountant and 50% of Brief women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Brief were Truck Driver 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

  • Accountant
    22%
  • Salesman
    22%
  • Tailor
    15%
  • Truck Driver
    15%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Clerk
    50%
  • Saleslady
    50%
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What Brief family records will you find?

Census Records

There are 925 census records available for the last name Brief. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Brief 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 404 immigration records available for the last name Brief. 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 5,000 military records available for the last name Brief. For the veterans among your Brief ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Brief lifespan?

Between 1959 and 2004, in the United States, Brief life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1977, and highest in 1968. The average life expectancy for Brief in 1959 was 59, and 69 in 2004.

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