Brinkley Family History

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Brinkley Name Meaning

English: habitational name from places in Cambridgeshire and Nottinghamshire named Brinkley; the first is most probably named with the Old English personal name Brynca (of uncertain origin) + Old English leah ‘woodland clearing’.

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

Similar surnames: Brindley, Bickley, Brackley, Binkley, Bingley, Winkley, Brierley

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Brinkley Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Brinkley name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Benin/Togo


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Brinkley Family Origin

Where is the Brinkley family from?

Brinkley Family Occupations

What did your Brinkley ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Brinkley. The most common Brinkley occupation in the USA was Farmer. 42% of Brinkley's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Brinkley family was Farm Laborer.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farm Laborer


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

Brinkley Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 48,000 census records available for the last name Brinkley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Brinkley 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Brinkley. 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 10,000 military records available for the last name Brinkley. For the veterans among your Brinkley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Brinkley Life Expectancy

What is the average Brinkley lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Brinkley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Brinkley in 1940 was 31, and 73 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Brinkley

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Brinkley 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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