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Brush Name Meaning

English: of uncertain origin. It may be a nickname for someone thought to resemble a brush (Middle English brusche, from Old French brosse), or a metonymic occupational name for a brush maker. It could also be from a related word, brusche ‘cut wood’, ‘branches lopped off trees’ (Old French brousse), applied as a metonymic occupational name for a forester or woodcutter, or a topographic name for someone who lived in a scrubby area of country, from Old French broce ‘brushwood’, ‘scrub’, ‘thicket’ (Late Latin bruscia). Respelling of German Brusch or Brüsch, a topographic name from the field name Brüsch (Middle High German brüsch ‘heather’, ‘broom’ or ‘brush’).

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


Similar surnames: Brust, Bush, Rush, Brus, Brusse, Bruch, Rust, Bruck, Rusch, Brash

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Brush Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Brush name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Brush. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales

    51%

  • Ireland & Scotland

    21%

  • Germanic Europe

    9%

  • Eastern Europe & Russia

    4%

  • Norway

    3%

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Brush Family Origin

Where is the Brush family from?

Brush Family Occupations

What did your Brush ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Brush family was Carpenter. The most common Brush occupation in the USA was Farmer. 29% of Brush's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Brush.

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  • Farmer

    29%
  • Laborer

    6%
  • Keeping House

    5%
  • Carpenter

    3%

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

Brush Historical Records

What Brush family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 55,000 census records available for the last name Brush. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Brushcensus 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 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Brush. 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 13,000 military records available for the last name Brush. For the veterans among your Brush ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Brush Life Expectancy

What is the average Brush lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Brush life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 1992. The average life expectancy for Brush in 1941 was 38, and 78 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Brush

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Brush 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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