Brecht Family History

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Brecht Name Meaning

South German: from a short form of any of various personal names formed with Germanic berht ‘bright’, ‘famous’ as the second element, for example Albrecht, Ruprecht.

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

Similar surnames: Bracht, Becht, Bright, Albrecht, Elbrecht, Bueche, Brechtel, Lebrecht

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Brecht Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Brecht name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Brecht. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Germanic Europe


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Native American—North, Central, South


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Brecht Family Origin

Where is the Brecht family from?

Brecht Family Occupations

What did your Brecht ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Brecht occupation in the UK was Carpenter. 50% of Brecht's were Carpenters. Carpenter and Painter were the top 2 reported jobs worked by Brecht.

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  • Carpenter

  • Painter


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Brecht ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Brecht Historical Records

What Brecht family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 11,000 census records available for the last name Brecht. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Brecht 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 7,000 immigration records available for the last name Brecht. 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 5,000 military records available for the last name Brecht. For the veterans among your Brecht ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Brecht Life Expectancy

What is the average Brecht lifespan?

Between 1955 and 2004, in the United States, Brecht life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 1992. The average life expectancy for Brecht in 1955 was 52, and 78 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Brecht

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Brecht ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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