Brake Family History

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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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In 1939, Dairy Farmer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Brake. 13% of Brake men worked as a Dairy Farmer and 70% of Brake women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Brake were Farm Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Dutie

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Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • Dairy Farmer
  • Gardener
  • General Labourer
  • Farm Labourer

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Housewife
  • Unpaid Domestic Dutie

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Brake Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 41,000 census records available for the last name Brake. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Brake 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 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Brake. 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 Card

There are 7,000 military records available for the last name Brake. For the veterans among your Brake ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Brake Life Expectancy

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Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, 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.

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