Brier Name Meaning

English (Yorkshire): topographic name for someone who lived by a briar patch, Middle English brere. This was also applied as a nickname for a prickly, difficult person. Scottish and northern Irish: reduced form of McBriar (see McBrayer). Americanized form of German Breuer.

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


Similar surnames: Bier, Breer, Briar, Blier, Briel, Lier, Bruer, Prior, Briner, Frier

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Brier Family Origin

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Brier Family Occupations

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  • Farmer

    5%
  • Stone Mason

    5%
  • Agricultural Labourer

    3%
  • Coal Miner

    2%

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Brier family was Coal Miner. The most common Brier occupation in the UK was Farmer. 5% of Brier's were Farmers. Farmer, Stone Mason and Agricultural Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Brier.

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Brier Life Expectancy

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Between 1941 and 2004, Brier life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1941, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Brier in 1941 was 26, and 77 in 2004.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Brier

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