Brittain Family History

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Brittain Name Meaning

English: ethnic name for a Celtic-speaking Briton or Breton (see Brett). In more recent times, this surname was adopted by immigrants to Britain as a token of their new patriotism.

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

Similar surnames: Britt, Bratten, Brittan, Britain, Brittin, Bratton, Britts, Gritton

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Brittain Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Brittain name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Brittain. 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


  • Norway


  • France


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Brittain Family Origin

Where is the Brittain family from?

Brittain Family Occupations

What did your Brittain ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Brittain family was Farm Laborer. Farmer, Farming and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Brittain. The most common Brittain occupation in the USA was Farmer. 50% of Brittain's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Farming

  • Keeping House

  • Farm Laborer


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

Brittain Historical Records

What Brittain family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 78,000 census records available for the last name Brittain. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Brittain 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 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Brittain. 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 11,000 military records available for the last name Brittain. For the veterans among your Brittain ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Brittain Life Expectancy

What is the average Brittain lifespan?

Between 1950 and 2004, in the United States, Brittain life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1954, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Brittain in 1950 was 48, and 72 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Brittain

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Brittain 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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