Byrne Family History

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Byrne Name Meaning

Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Broin ‘descendant of Bran’, a personal name based on bran ‘raven’. Bran was the name of a son of the King of Leinster, who died at Cologne in 1052, and also of the hero of an 8th century voyage tale.

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

Similar surnames: Burns, Berne, Berner, Birney, Borke, Bern, Borns, Berge, Wynne, Baune

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Byrne Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Byrne name?

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

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  • Ireland & Scotland


  • England & Wales


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • France


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Byrne Family Origin

Where is the Byrne family from?

Byrne Family Occupations

What did your Byrne ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Byrne occupation in the USA was Farmer. 17% of Byrne's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Byrne. A less common occupation for the Byrne family was Carpenter.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Carpenter


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

Byrne Historical Records

What Byrne family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 373,000 census records available for the last name Byrne. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Byrne census 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 94,000 immigration records available for the last name Byrne. 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 57,000 military records available for the last name Byrne. For the veterans among your Byrne ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Byrne Life Expectancy

What is the average Byrne lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Byrne life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1990. The average life expectancy for Byrne in 1940 was 40, and 77 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Byrne

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Byrne 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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