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Brian Name Meaning

Irish and English: variant of Bryant . Irish: shortened Anglicized form of Ó Briain see O'Brien . French: unflattering nickname from Old Occitan brian ‘mite maggot’ by extension brimborion possibly denoting a very small man.

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

Similar surnames: Bryan, Briant, Brin, Brien, Organ, Brians, Brion, Burian, Briand

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Where is the Brian family from?

You can see how Brian families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Brian family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Brian families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1891 there were 259 Brian families living in London. This was about 21% of all the recorded Brian's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Brian families in 1891.
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What did your Brian ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Brian. 10% of Brian men worked as a General Labourer and 68% of Brian women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Brian were Dock Labourer and Unpaid Household Duties. .

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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 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Builders Labourer
  • Motor Driver
  • Dock Labourer

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Incapacitated
  • Unpaid Household Duties
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 7,000 immigration records available for the last name Brian. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Australia, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 8,000 military records available for the last name Brian. For the veterans among your Brian ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Brian lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Brian life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Brian in 1944 was 27, and 74 in 2004.

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