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Brinton Name Meaning

Scottish: habitational name perhaps from a lost or unidentified place although possibly brought to Scotland from one or more of the English Brintons under 2 below. English: habitational name from Brinton in Norfolk named in Old English as Brȳningtūn ‘settlement (Old English tūn) associated with (-ing-) Brȳni’ (a personal name based on Old English bryne ‘fire flame’) or from any of various other places with names of the same origin such as Brineton in Staffordshire Great Brington in Essex Brimpton in Berkshire Brimington in Derbyshire Brenton in Devon Brington in Cambridgeshire or (Great and Little) Brington in Northamptonshire.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Brenton, Branton, Brunton, Winton, Pointon, Quinton, Brandon, Bilton

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Where is the Brinton family from?

You can see how Brinton families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Brinton family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Brinton families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 30 Brinton families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 45% of all the recorded Brinton's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Brinton families in 1840.
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What did your Brinton ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Brinton. 13% of Brinton men worked as a Farmer and 10% of Brinton women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Brinton were Clerk and Housework. .

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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
  • Salesman
  • Laborer
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Stenographer
  • Housekeeper
  • School Teacher
  • Housework
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Passenger Lists

There are 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Brinton. 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 3,000 military records available for the last name Brinton. For the veterans among your Brinton ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Brinton lifespan?

Between 1950 and 2004, in the United States, Brinton life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Brinton in 1950 was 22, and 79 in 2004.

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