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 Occupations

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Between 1959 and 2004, 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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