O'brien Family History

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O'brien Name Meaning

Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Briain ‘descendant of Brian’, a personal name probably based on the element bre- ‘hill’, with the transferred sense ‘eminence’, i.e. ‘exalted one’. See also Bryan. In Ireland there has also been some confusion with O’Byrne (see Byrne).

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


Similar surnames: Mcbrien, Brian, Mcbreen, O'quinn, O'beirne, Breen, Brien, O'banion

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O'brien Family Origin

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O'brien Family Occupations

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In 1880, the most common O'brien occupation in the USA was Laborer. 21% of O'brien's were Laborers. Laborer, Farmer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by O'brien. A less common occupation for the O'brien family was Carpenter.

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  • Laborer

    21%
  • Farmer

    10%
  • Keeping House

    8%
  • Carpenter

    2%

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O'brien Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name O'brien. Like a window into their day-to-day life, O'brien 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 642 immigration records available for the last name O'brien. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name O'brien. For the veterans among your O'brien ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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O'brien Life Expectancy

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Between 1991 and 2004, in the United States, O'brien life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1993, and highest in 1991. The average life expectancy for O'brien in 1991 was 71, and 61 in 2004.

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