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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

What did your Brill ancestors do for a living?

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

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  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Laundress

  • Ag Labourer

  • Annuitant


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Brill ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Brill Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 58,000 census records available for the last name Brill. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Brill 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 9,000 immigration records available for the last name Brill. 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 12,000 military records available for the last name Brill. For the veterans among your Brill ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Brill Life Expectancy

What is the average Brill lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, 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.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Brill 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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