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Brier Name Meaning

English (Yorkshire): topographic name for someone who lived by a briar patch, Middle English brere. This was also applied as a nickname for a prickly, difficult person. Scottish and northern Irish: reduced form of McBriar (see McBrayer). Americanized form of German Breuer.

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


Similar surnames: Bier, Breer, Briar, Blier, Briel, Lier, Bruer, Prior, Briner, Frier

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Where is the Brier family from?

You can see how Brier families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Brier family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Brier families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 19 Brier families living in Maine. This was about 38% of all the recorded Brier's in the USA. Maine had the highest population of Brier families in 1840.
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What did your Brier ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Salesman and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Brier. 15% of Brier men worked as a Salesman and 13% of Brier women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Brier were Truck Driver and Maid.

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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%
  • Laborer
    12%
  • Farmer
    11%
  • Truck Driver
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
    13%
  • Teacher
    12%
  • Clerk
    12%
  • Maid
    11%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Brier. 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 2,000 military records available for the last name Brier. For the veterans among your Brier ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Brier lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Brier life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1941, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Brier in 1941 was 26, and 77 in 2004.

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