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Bro Family History

Bro Name Meaning

Scandinavian: habitational name from any of various places named with Swedish or Danish bro, Norwegian bro or bru ‘bridge’. Possibly an altered spelling of Irish Broe (see Brew).

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


Similar surnames: Broe, Bru, Brue, Bry, Buro, Brow, Bo, Bero, Croy, Aro

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Where is the Bro family from?

You can see how Bro families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Bro family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Bro families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there was 1 Bro family living in New York. This was 100% of all the recorded Bro's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Bro families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Bro surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Bro ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Salesman and Waitress were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Bro. 17% of Bro men worked as a Salesman and 34% of Bro women worked as a Waitress. Some less common occupations for Americans named Bro were Farmer and Housekeeper.

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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

  • Salesman
    17%
  • Farming
    14%
  • Laborer
    14%
  • Farmer
    11%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Waitress
    34%
  • Telephone Operator
    34%
  • Housekeeper
    34%
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Census Records

There are 10,000 census records available for the last name Bro. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Bro census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Bro. 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 Cards

There are 8,000 military records available for the last name Bro. For the veterans among your Bro ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Bro lifespan?

Between 1955 and 2004, in the United States, Bro life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 1990. The average life expectancy for Bro in 1955 was 24, and 86 in 2004.

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