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Bromley Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of the many places called Bromley, in Essex, Hertfordshire, Kent (now in Greater London), Greater London, Greater Manchester, Staffordshire, and elsewhere. Most are named with Old English brom ‘broom’ + leah ‘woodland clearing’, but Bromley (near Bow) in Greater London is from Old English bræmbel ‘bramble’ + leah.

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


Similar surnames: Bramley, Brimley, Bowley, Bradley, Grimley, Rowley, Boxley, Bodley

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Where is the Bromley family from?

You can see how Bromley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Bromley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Bromley families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 43 Bromley families living in New York. This was about 42% of all the recorded Bromley's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Bromley families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Bromley surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Bromley ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Bromley. 17% of Bromley men worked as a Laborer and 11% of Bromley women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Bromley were Truck Driver 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

  • Laborer
    17%
  • Farmer
    17%
  • Salesman
    8%
  • Truck Driver
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    11%
  • Teacher
    10%
  • Secretary
    7%
  • Housekeeper
    6%
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Census Records

There are 126,000 census records available for the last name Bromley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Bromley 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 11,000 immigration records available for the last name Bromley. 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 11,000 military records available for the last name Bromley. For the veterans among your Bromley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Bromley lifespan?

Between 1953 and 2004, in the United States, Bromley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1954, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Bromley in 1953 was 56, and 76 in 2004.

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