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Bruton Name Meaning

English: habitational name from a place in Somerset named Bruton, ‘settlement (Old English tun) on the Brue river’. The river name is derived from a British element cognate with Welsh bryw ‘brisk’, ‘vigorous’.

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


Similar surnames: Brunton, Brewton, Luton, Booton, Banton, Benton, Ruston, Brinton

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Where is the Bruton family from?

You can see how Bruton families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Bruton family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Bruton families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 11 Bruton families living in South Carolina. This was about 22% of all the recorded Bruton's in the USA. South Carolina had the highest population of Bruton families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Bruton surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Bruton ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Bruton. 22% of Bruton men worked as a Farmer and 8% of Bruton women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Bruton were Farm Laborer and Cook.

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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
    22%
  • Laborer
    20%
  • Salesman
    7%
  • Farm Laborer
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
    8%
  • Maid
    8%
  • Housewife
    8%
  • Cook
    7%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Bruton. 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 7,000 military records available for the last name Bruton. For the veterans among your Bruton ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Bruton lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Bruton life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1954, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Bruton in 1943 was 43, and 76 in 2004.

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