Briscoe Family History

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Briscoe Name Meaning

Northern English: habitational name from any of various places so named. Briscoe in Cumberland is named with Old Norse Bretaskógr ‘wood of the Britons’ (see Brett). Brisco in Cumberland and Briscoe in North Yorkshire are named with Old Norse birki ‘birch’ + skógr ‘wood’.

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

Similar surnames: Biscoe, Rise, Brisco, Roscoe, Blincoe, Brinton, Bristow, Griscom

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Briscoe Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Briscoe name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Benin/Togo


  • Germanic Europe


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Briscoe Family Origin

Where is the Briscoe family from?

Briscoe Family Occupations

What did your Briscoe ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Laborer and Farm Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Briscoe. The most common Briscoe occupation in the USA was Farmer. 35% of Briscoe's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Briscoe family was Keeping House.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Farm Laborer

  • Keeping House


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

Briscoe Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 79,000 census records available for the last name Briscoe. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Briscoe 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 8,000 immigration records available for the last name Briscoe. 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 13,000 military records available for the last name Briscoe. For the veterans among your Briscoe ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Briscoe Life Expectancy

What is the average Briscoe lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Briscoe life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Briscoe in 1942 was 19, and 69 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Briscoe 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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