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Brus Name Meaning

Polish, Slovenian, and Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic): from Slavic brus ‘whetstone’, presumably a metonymic occupational name for someone who honed or sharpened blades; possibly also a nickname for a clumsy or coarse fellow. Slovenian: from an old dialect short form of the personal name Ambrož (see Ambrose). French: topographic name for someone living on a heath, from Occitan brusc ‘heather’.

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


Similar surnames: Brust, Brush, Bruse, Prus, Brue, Bruss, Baum, Bras, Brun, Rush

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Where is the Brus family from?

You can see how Brus families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Brus family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Brus families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 2 Brus families living in New Jersey. This was about 50% of all the recorded Brus's in the USA. New Jersey and 1 other state had the highest population of Brus families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Brus surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Brus ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Brus. 39% of Brus men worked as a Farmer and 30% of Brus women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Brus were Operator 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
    39%
  • Laborer
    15%
  • Helper
    7%
  • Operator
    7%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
    30%
  • Housekeeper
    30%
  • Office Clerk
    20%
  • Teacher
    20%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 889 immigration records available for the last name Brus. 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 Brus. For the veterans among your Brus ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Brus lifespan?

Between 1958 and 2004, in the United States, Brus life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 1984. The average life expectancy for Brus in 1958 was 46, and 85 in 2004.

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