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Bronte Name Meaning

Altered form of Irish Prunty. The change in spelling was probably an early 19th-century development, due to romantic admiration for the English admiral Lord Nelson, on whom the title Duke of Bronte was conferred in 1799 by Ferdinand, King of the Two Sicilies. Bronte is the name of a place in Sicily, literally meaning ‘thunder’.

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


Similar surnames: Krone, Brouse, Bolte, Conte, Route, Broe, Brunke, Bryne, Ronne, Boone

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Where is the Bronte family from?

You can see how Bronte families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Bronte family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1871 and 1920. The most Bronte families were found in USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 7 Bronte families living in Kentucky. This was about 47% of all the recorded Bronte's in USA. Kentucky had the highest population of Bronte families in 1880.
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What did your Bronte ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer was the top reported job for people in the USA named Bronte. 67% of Bronte men worked as a Farmer. .

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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
    67%
  • Laborer
    34%
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Census Records

There are 1,000 census records available for the last name Bronte. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Bronte 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 303 immigration records available for the last name Bronte. 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 176 military records available for the last name Bronte. For the veterans among your Bronte ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Bronte lifespan?

Between 1961 and 2004, in the United States, Bronte life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1961, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Bronte in 1961 was 54, and 82 in 2004.

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