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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

What did your Brief ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Cabinet Maker Own Account and Domestic Servant were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Brief. 20% of Brief men worked as a Cabinet Maker Own Account and 20% of Brief women worked as a Domestic Servant. Some less common occupations for Americans named Brief were Representative and Student

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Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • Cabinet Maker Own Account
  • Chartered Accountant
  • Mfg Of Bertwood
  • Representative

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Domestic Servant
  • Domestic Service
  • House Parlour Ma
  • Student

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

Brief Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 925 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

There are 404 immigration records available for the last name Brief. 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 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

What is the average Brief lifespan?

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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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Brief 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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