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Brow Family History

Brow Name Meaning

English: either a descriptive nickname for someone with bushy or otherwise distinctive eyebrows from Middle English broue ‘eyebrow eyelid forehead’ (Old English brū) but more likely a topographic name for someone who lived at the brow of a hill from a transferred use of the same word; surnames of the type de la Browe are recorded from the end of the 13th century. Altered form of French Brault and also of American French Breaux . Compare Bro and Broe . Americanized form of Dutch Brouw: perhaps a nominal variant of Op den Brouw a habitational name for someone living at the ‘Brouw’ a toponym of unclear origin or just a place for beer brewing (Brouw being a shortened form of brouwen ‘to brew’ or brouwer ‘brewer’).

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


Similar surnames: Bow, Trow, Brown, Low, Crow, Blow, Brue, Troy, Broe, Bro

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Where is the Brow family from?

You can see how Brow families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Brow family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Brow families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 30 Brow families living in London. This was about 16% of all the recorded Brow's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Brow families in 1891.
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What did your Brow 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 Brow. 100% of Brow men worked as a General Labourer and 75% of Brow women worked as an Unpaid Domestic 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
    100%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    75%
  • Incapacitated
    9%
  • Domestic Servant
    6%
  • Unpaid Domestic Dutie
    6%
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Passenger Lists

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Brow. 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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There are 4,000 military records available for the last name Brow. For the veterans among your Brow ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Brow lifespan?

Between 1953 and 2004, in the United States, Brow life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Brow in 1953 was 43, and 70 in 2004.

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