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Bradbury Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of various minor places so called, in several counties, all first recorded fairly late. The etymology is generally Old English brad ‘broad’ + burh ‘fort’ (see Bury), but Bradbury in County Durham is recorded in Old English as Brydbyrig, the first element probably being Old English bred ‘board’. This is probably also the first element in Bradbury, Cheshire.

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

Similar surnames: Bradburn, Woodbury, Banbury, Gadbury, Bradley, Bradner, Hanbury

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Where is the Bradbury family from?

You can see how Bradbury families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Bradbury family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Bradbury families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1891 there were 2,075 Bradbury families living in Lancashire. This was about 23% of all the recorded Bradbury's in the UK. Lancashire had the highest population of Bradbury families in 1891.
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What did your Bradbury ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Bradbury. 8% of Bradbury men worked as a General Labourer and 67% of Bradbury women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Bradbury were Builders Labourer and Incapacitated.

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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
  • Incapacitated
  • Bricklayer
  • Builders Labourer

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Housewife
  • Incapacitated
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 15,000 immigration records available for the last name Bradbury. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 18,000 military records available for the last name Bradbury. For the veterans among your Bradbury ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Bradbury lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Bradbury life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Bradbury in 1940 was 39, and 75 in 2004.

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