Brett Family History

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Brett Name Meaning

English and French: ethnic name for a Breton, from Old French bret. The Bretons were Celtic-speakers driven from southwestern England to northwestern France in the 6th century ad by Anglo-Saxon invaders; some of them reinvaded England in the 11th century as part of the army of William the Conqueror. In France and among Normans, Bretons had a reputation for stupidity, and in some cases this name and its variants and cognate may have originated as derogatory nicknames. The English surname is most common in East Anglia, where many Bretons settled after the Conquest. In Scotland it may also have denoted a member of one of the Celtic-speaking peoples of Strathclyde, who were known as Bryttas or Brettas well into the 13th century.

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

Similar surnames: Britt, Bratt, Brent, Frett, Best, Pratt, Brott, Great, Burgett

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Brett Family Origin

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Brett Family Occupations

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In 1881, the most common Brett occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 6% of Brett's were Agricultural Labourers. Agricultural Labourer, Farmer and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Brett. A less common occupation for the Brett family was Farm Labourer.

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  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Farmer

  • Labourer

  • Farm Labourer


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Brett Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 180,000 census records available for the last name Brett. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Brett 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 19,000 immigration records available for the last name Brett. 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 16,000 military records available for the last name Brett. For the veterans among your Brett ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Brett Life Expectancy

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Between 1946 and 2004, in the United States, Brett life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1946, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Brett in 1946 was 41, and 71 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Brett 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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