Bryan Family History

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Bryan Name Meaning

English (of Norman origin): habitational name (de Brionne) from either of two places called Brionne in northern France (in Eure and Creuse). Irish and English: from the Celtic personal name Brian (see O’Brien). Breton bearers of this name were among the Normans who invaded England in 1066, and they went on to invade and settle in Ireland in the 12th century, where the name mingled with the native Irish name Brian. This native Irish name had also been borrowed by Vikings, who introduced it independently into northwestern England before the Norman Conquest.

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


Similar surnames: Brian, Bran, Organ, Ryan, Bryans, Braun, Brin, Bruin, Ban, Bray

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Bryan Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Bryan name?

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

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  • England & Wales

    52%

  • Ireland & Scotland

    20%

  • Germanic Europe

    7%

  • Norway

    3%

  • Eastern Europe & Russia

    2%

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Bryan Family Origin

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Bryan Family Occupations

What did your Bryan ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Bryan family was Farm Laborer. The most common Bryan occupation in the USA was Farmer. 39% of Bryan's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Bryan.

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  • Farmer

    39%
  • Laborer

    8%
  • Keeping House

    5%
  • Farm Laborer

    5%

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Bryan Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 409,000 census records available for the last name Bryan. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Bryancensus 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 59,000 immigration records available for the last name Bryan. 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 75,000 military records available for the last name Bryan. For the veterans among your Bryan ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Bryan Life Expectancy

What is the average Bryan lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Bryan life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1947, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Bryan in 1940 was 39, and 75 in 2004.

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