Brough Family History

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Brough Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of various places called Brough, of which there are several in Yorkshire and Derbyshire as well as elsewhere. The place name is from Old English burh ‘fortress’ and in most cases these are the sites of Roman fortifications. The pronunciation is usually ‘bruff’. Possibly an altered spelling of German Brauch.

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

Similar surnames: Bough, Hough, Slough, Brouse, Brugh, Prough, Crouch, Brush, Traugh

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Brough Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Brough name?

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


  • Sweden


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Brough Family Origin

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Brough Family Occupations

What did your Brough ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Brough. A less common occupation for the Brough family was Farm Laborer. The most common Brough occupation in the USA was Farmer. 31% of Brough's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farm Laborer


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

Brough Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 75,000 census records available for the last name Brough. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Brough 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 Brough. 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 8,000 military records available for the last name Brough. For the veterans among your Brough ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Brough Life Expectancy

What is the average Brough lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Brough life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Brough in 1944 was 30, and 81 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Brough 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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