Bruce Family History

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Bruce Name Meaning

Scottish and English (of Norman origin): habitational name from a place in Normandy which has not been certainly identified. Traditionally, it is believed to be derived from Brix near Cherbourg, but Le Brus in Calvados and Briouze in Orne have also been proposed as candidates.

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

Similar surnames: Brice, Brune, Bruse, Bruck, Brue, Brace, Cruce, Bryce, Baune, Brule

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Bruce Family Origin

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Bruce Family Occupations

What did your Bruce ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Bruce family was Labourer. The most common Bruce occupation in the UK was Farmer. 4% of Bruce's were Farmers. Farmer, Fisherman and Agricultural Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Bruce.

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  • Farmer

  • Fisherman

  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Labourer


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

Bruce Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 526,000 census records available for the last name Bruce. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Bruce 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 65,000 immigration records available for the last name Bruce. 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 80,000 military records available for the last name Bruce. For the veterans among your Bruce ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Bruce Life Expectancy

What is the average Bruce lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Bruce life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Bruce in 1941 was 28, and 73 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Bruce

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Bruce 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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