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Bruen Name Meaning

Irish: variant of Breen. English: probably a variant of Brown. North German (Brün): from Middle Low German brun ‘brown’, hence probably a nickname for someone with brown hair or a dark complexion or for someone who habitually wore brown clothes. Compare Braun.

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


Similar surnames: Brun, Bruin, Gruen, Ruen, Boden, Braun, Bruhn, Bruer, Brush, Brien

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Where is the Bruen family from?

You can see how Bruen families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Bruen family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Bruen families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 26 Bruen families living in New Jersey. This was about 51% of all the recorded Bruen's in the USA. New Jersey had the highest population of Bruen families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Bruen surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Bruen ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Secretary were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Bruen. 15% of Bruen men worked as a Laborer and 13% of Bruen women worked as a Secretary. Some less common occupations for Americans named Bruen were Clerk 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
    15%
  • Salesman
    13%
  • Farmer
    11%
  • Clerk
    7%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Secretary
    13%
  • Stenographer
    11%
  • Seamstress
    7%
  • Housekeeper
    7%
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Census Records

There are 10,000 census records available for the last name Bruen. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Bruen 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Bruen. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Bruen. For the veterans among your Bruen ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Bruen lifespan?

Between 1948 and 2004, in the United States, Bruen life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1948, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Bruen in 1948 was 39, and 86 in 2004.

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