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Brigham Family History

Brigham Name Meaning

English: habitational name from either of two places in East Yorkshire and Cumbria named Brigham, from Old English brycg ‘bridge’ + ham ‘homestead’ or hamm ‘enclosure hemmed in by water’.

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


Similar surnames: Bridgham, Braham, Bradham, Branham, Brougham, Burcham, Isham, Higham

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Where is the Brigham family from?

You can see how Brigham families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Brigham family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Brigham families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 176 Brigham families living in Massachusetts. This was about 47% of all the recorded Brigham's in USA. Massachusetts had the highest population of Brigham families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Brigham surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Brigham ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Brigham. 16% of Brigham men worked as a Farmer and 9% of Brigham women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Brigham were Truck Driver and Secretary. .

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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

  • Farmer
    16%
  • Laborer
    11%
  • Salesman
    11%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Teacher
    9%
  • Housewife
    7%
  • Maid
    7%
  • Secretary
    6%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Brigham. 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 12,000 military records available for the last name Brigham. For the veterans among your Brigham ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Brigham lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Brigham life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Brigham in 1945 was 25, and 74 in 2004.

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