Brent Family History

14-Day Free Trial


Brent Name Meaning

topographic name for someone who lived by a piece of ground that had been cleared by fire, from Middle English brend, past participle of brennen ‘to burn’. habitational name from any of the places in Devon and Somerset named Brent, probably from Old English brant ‘steep’, or from an old Celtic (British) word meaning ‘hill’, ‘high place’. byname or nickname for a criminal who had been branded; compare Henry Brendcheke (‘burned cheek’), recorded in Northumbria in 1279.

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

Similar surnames: Trent, Brenn, Bent, Great, Bratt, Buren, Bream, Gent, Brett, Best

Ready to discover your family story?

Simply start with yourself and we'll do the searching for you.

Brent Family Origin

Where is the Brent family from?

Brent Family Occupations

What did your Brent 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 Brent. 3% of Brent men worked as a General Labourer and 53% of Brent women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Brent were Horseman On Farm and Domestic Duties

View Census data for Brent | Data not to scale

Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Farmer
  • Retired
  • Horseman On Farm

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Private Means
  • Domestic Duties

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

Brent Historical Records

What Brent family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 52,000 census records available for the last name Brent. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Brent census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

Search 1891 UK census records for Brent

Passenger List

There are 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Brent. 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.

View all Brent immigration records

Draft Card

There are 10,000 military records available for the last name Brent. For the veterans among your Brent ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

View all Brent military records

You've only scratched the surface of Brent family history.

Brent Life Expectancy

What is the average Brent lifespan?

Between 1947 and 2004, in the United States, Brent life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Brent in 1947 was 37, and 76 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Brent

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Brent 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.

Famous Brent Family Ancestors

Discover the unique achievements of ancestors in your family tree

Famous ancestors img
Look up another name