Brill Name Meaning

English: habitational name from Brill in Buckinghamshire, named with the Celtic element bre- ‘hill’ + Old English hyll also ‘hill’. North German and Dutch: habitational name from any of various places in northwestern Germany and the Netherlands named Brill, from Middle Low German brul, bröil ‘wet lowland’. Compare German Bruehl. German: from Middle Low German brill ‘eyeglasses’, hence a metonymic occupational name for a maker of spectacles or perhaps a nickname for someone who wore them. Jewish (Ashkenazic): acronymic surname from Hebrew ben rabi ‘son of …’ and the first letter of each part of a Yiddish double male personal name, most likely Yude (Juda) Leyb. Many Ashkenazic family names beginning with Br- and Bar- are probably of acronymic origin, but without detailed evidence from family histories it is impossible to specify the personal name from which each is derived.

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


Similar surnames: Grill, Briel, Gill, Bill, Brin, Kroll, Still, Prill, Groll, Brief

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Brill Family Origin

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Brill Family Occupations

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  • Agricultural Labourer

    9%
  • Laundress

    4%
  • Ag Labourer

    3%
  • Annuitant

    3%

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Brill family was Annuitant. The most common Brill occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 9% of Brill's were Agricultural Labourers. Agricultural Labourer, Laundress and Ag Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Brill.

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Between 1941 and 2004, Brill life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1941, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Brill in 1941 was 36, and 76 in 2004.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Brill

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