Brier Family History

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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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Brier Family Origin

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Brier Family Occupations

What did your Brier ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Brier family was Carpenter. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Brier. The most common Brier occupation in the USA was Farmer. 38% of Brier's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Carpenter


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Brier Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 23,000 census records available for the last name Brier. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Brier 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 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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Draft Card

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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Brier Life Expectancy

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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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