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Brunner Family History

Brunner Name Meaning

German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): topographic name for someone who lived beside a spring or well, Middle High German brun(ne) ‘spring’, or habitational name for someone from a place named with this word.

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


Similar surnames: Brenner, Brunger, Bradner, Brander, Budner, Gruner, Bruner, Brunker

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Where is the Brunner family from?

You can see how Brunner families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Brunner family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Brunner families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 18 Brunner families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 39% of all the recorded Brunner's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Brunner families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Brunner surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Brunner ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Brunner. 13% of Brunner men worked as a Farmer and 10% of Brunner women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Brunner were Truck Driver and Teacher.

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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
    13%
  • Laborer
    12%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    10%
  • Stenographer
    9%
  • Maid
    7%
  • Teacher
    7%
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Census Records

There are 61,000 census records available for the last name Brunner. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Brunner 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 14,000 immigration records available for the last name Brunner. 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 30,000 military records available for the last name Brunner. For the veterans among your Brunner ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Brunner lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Brunner life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Brunner in 1944 was 37, and 73 in 2004.

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