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Bru Family History

Bru Name Meaning

Catalan: from the Catalan personal name Bru, equivalent to Bruno, or nickname from Catalan bru ‘dark (hair or skin)’, for someone of dark hair and skin. Norwegian: habitational name from a farmstead so named in western Norway, from bru ‘bridge’.

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

Similar surnames: Brue, Brun, Bro, Brus, Braun, Bau, Bou, Grum, Brau, Bow

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Where is the Bru family from?

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

What did your Bru ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Bru. 50% of Bru 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
  • Laborer

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
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Census Records

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Bru. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Bru 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 Bru. 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 2,000 military records available for the last name Bru. For the veterans among your Bru ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Bru lifespan?

Between 1965 and 2004, in the United States, Bru life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1982, and highest in 1984. The average life expectancy for Bru in 1965 was 82, and 53 in 2004.

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