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Brush Family History

Brush Name Meaning

English: metonymic occupational name for a brush maker from Middle English brush ‘brush’ (Old French brosse ‘brushwood’). Americanized form of German Brusch or Brüsch ‘heather broom brushwood’ (see Bruesch ).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022


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

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Where is the Brush family from?

You can see how Brush families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Brush family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Brush families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 142 Brush families living in New York. This was about 53% of all the recorded Brush's in USA. New York had the highest population of Brush families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Brush surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Brush ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Brush. 18% of Brush men worked as a Laborer and 15% of Brush women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Brush were Clerk 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

  • Laborer
    18%
  • Farmer
    13%
  • Salesman
    7%
  • Clerk
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
    15%
  • Clerk
    9%
  • Stenographer
    6%
  • Teacher
    6%
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Census Records

There are 55,000 census records available for the last name Brush. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Brush 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 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 Cards

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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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.

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