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Briel Name Meaning

German and Swiss German: topographic name for someone who lived by a water meadow, a variant of Bruehl. Dutch: topographic name for someone who lived in an area of marshland, from Celtic brogilo, or a habitational name from the Dutch city in Zeeland so named (also spelled variously Brielle, Brill) or from various minor places in present-day Belgium and Netherlands named with this word.

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


Similar surnames: Brill, Biel, Riel, Brue, Britz, Brier, Bruehl, Grill, Priem, Bries

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Where is the Briel family from?

You can see how Briel families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Briel family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Briel families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there was 1 Briel family living in New Jersey. This was about 50% of all the recorded Briel's in the USA. New Jersey and 1 other state had the highest population of Briel families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Briel surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Briel ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Salesman and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Briel. 15% of Briel men worked as a Salesman and 18% of Briel women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Briel were Clerk and Teacher.

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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
    15%
  • Farmer
    14%
  • Laborer
    12%
  • Clerk
    8%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
    18%
  • Bookkeeper
    15%
  • Clerk
    12%
  • Teacher
    12%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

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

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What is the average Briel lifespan?

Between 1956 and 2004, in the United States, Briel life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1985, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Briel in 1956 was 64, and 80 in 2004.

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