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Brief Name Meaning

German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): from Middle High German brief ‘letter’, ‘missive’, German Brief, hence a metonymic occupational name for a letter carrier or scribe. French: nickname from bref ‘short’.

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


Similar surnames: Reef, Brier, Grief, Kries, Britz, Priem, Briel, Rief, Stief, Brin

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Brief Family Origin

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Brief Family Occupations

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Brief Historical Records

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Census Record

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

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There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Brief. For the veterans among your Brief ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Brief Life Expectancy

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Between 1959 and 2004, in the United States, Brief life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1977, and highest in 1968. The average life expectancy for Brief in 1959 was 59, and 69 in 2004.

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