Brehm Family History

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Brehm Name Meaning

South German: nickname for a restless, cantankerous man, from Middle High German brem(e) ‘horsefly’, a derivative of bremen ‘to buzz or grumble’ . German: topographic or habitational name from a field named with Brem ‘swampy bank’, simply as Brehm, Brem, or Bräm, or in compounds such as Bremgarten, Bremkamp. In Switzerland the regular spelling of this name is Bräm.

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

Similar surnames: Brahm, Rehm, Boehm, Bream, Bruehl, Brumm, Riehm, Bohm, Breck, Behm

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Brehm Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Brehm name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Brehm. 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


  • Norway


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Brehm Family Origin

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Brehm Family Occupations

What did your Brehm ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Brehm. A less common occupation for the Brehm family was Carpenter. The most common Brehm occupation in the USA was Farmer. 23% of Brehm's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Carpenter


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

Brehm Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 18,000 census records available for the last name Brehm. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Brehm 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 Brehm. 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 8,000 military records available for the last name Brehm. For the veterans among your Brehm ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Brehm Life Expectancy

What is the average Brehm lifespan?

Between 1947 and 2004, in the United States, Brehm life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Brehm in 1947 was 53, and 77 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Brehm 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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