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Brill Name Meaning

English: habitational name from Brill in Buckinghamshire, named with the Celtic element bre- ‘hill’ + Old English hyll also ‘hill’. North German and Dutch: habitational name from any of various places in northwestern Germany and the Netherlands named Brill, from Middle Low German brul, bröil ‘wet lowland’. Compare German Bruehl. German: from Middle Low German brill ‘eyeglasses’, hence a metonymic occupational name for a maker of spectacles or perhaps a nickname for someone who wore them. Jewish (Ashkenazic): acronymic surname from Hebrew ben rabi ‘son of …’ and the first letter of each part of a Yiddish double male personal name, most likely Yude (Juda) Leyb. Many Ashkenazic family names beginning with Br- and Bar- are probably of acronymic origin, but without detailed evidence from family histories it is impossible to specify the personal name from which each is derived.

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


Similar surnames: Grill, Briel, Gill, Bill, Brin, Kroll, Still, Prill, Groll, Brief

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Where is the Brill family from?

You can see how Brill families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Brill family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Brill families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 33 Brill families living in Ohio. This was about 36% of all the recorded Brill's in the USA. Ohio had the highest population of Brill families in 1840.
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What did your Brill ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Brill. 11% of Brill men worked as a Laborer and 10% of Brill women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Brill were Clerk and Housewife.

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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

  • Laborer
    11%
  • Farmer
    11%
  • Salesman
    9%
  • Clerk
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
    10%
  • Clerk
    7%
  • Housekeeper
    6%
  • Housewife
    6%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 9,000 immigration records available for the last name Brill. 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 12,000 military records available for the last name Brill. For the veterans among your Brill ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Brill lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Brill life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1941, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Brill in 1941 was 36, and 76 in 2004.

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