Brien Family History

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Brien Name Meaning

Irish: reduced form of O’Brien. French and English: variant spelling of Brian.

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


Similar surnames: Brian, Brier, Bruen, Briden, Breen, Boden, Brinn, Brew, Bowen, Lien

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Brien Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Brien name?

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

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  • England & Wales

    34%

  • Ireland & Scotland

    27%

  • France

    15%

  • Germanic Europe

    6%

  • Eastern Europe & Russia

    3%

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Brien Family Origin

Where is the Brien family from?

Brien Family Occupations

What did your Brien ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Brien occupation in the USA was Farmer. 18% of Brien's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Brien family was Lawyer. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Brien.

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  • Farmer

    18%
  • Laborer

    14%
  • Keeping House

    7%
  • Lawyer

    6%

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

Brien Historical Records

What Brien family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 226,000 census records available for the last name Brien. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Briencensus 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 35,000 immigration records available for the last name Brien. 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 15,000 military records available for the last name Brien. For the veterans among your Brien ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Brien Life Expectancy

What is the average Brien lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Brien life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Brien in 1945 was 23, and 76 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Brien

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Brien 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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