Brake Name Meaning

English: topographic name for someone who lived by a clump of bushes or by a patch of bracken. Brake ‘thicket’ and brake ‘bracken’ were homonyms in Middle English. The first is from Old English bracu; the second is by folk etymology from northern Middle English braken, -en being taken as a plural ending. After the words had fallen together, their senses also became confused. North German: habitational name from any of several places so named, notably the town on the Weser, or a topographic name from Middle Low German brak ‘clearing’, ‘coppice’.

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


Similar surnames: Drake, Rake, Blake, Lake, Brace, Brakel, Bake, Braker, Brack, Brede

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Brake Family Origin

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Brake Family Occupations

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  • Farmer

    9%
  • Agricultural Labourer

    6%
  • Coal Miner

    5%
  • Labourer

    3%

In 1881, Farmer, Agricultural Labourer and Coal Miner were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Brake. The most common Brake occupation in the UK was Farmer. 9% of Brake's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Brake family was Labourer.

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Between 1942 and 2004, Brake life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Brake in 1942 was 59, and 67 in 2004.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Brake

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