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Byrne Family History

Byrne Name Meaning

Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Broin ‘descendant of Bran’, a personal name based on bran ‘raven’. Bran was the name of a son of the King of Leinster, who died at Cologne in 1052, and also of the hero of an 8th century voyage tale.

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

Similar surnames: Burns, Berne, Berner, Birney, Borke, Bern, Borns, Berge, Wynne, Baune

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Where is the Byrne family from?

You can see how Byrne families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Byrne family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Byrne families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 1,859 Byrne families living in Lancashire. This was about 41% of all the recorded Byrne's in the UK. Lancashire had the highest population of Byrne families in 1891.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Byrne surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Byrne ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Byrne. 17% of Byrne men worked as a General Labourer and 61% of Byrne women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Byrne were Incapacitated and Housewife.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Builders Labourer
  • Dock Labourer
  • Incapacitated

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Domestic Servant
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Housewife
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Census Records

There are 373,000 census records available for the last name Byrne. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Byrne census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 94,000 immigration records available for the last name Byrne. 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 Cards

There are 57,000 military records available for the last name Byrne. For the veterans among your Byrne ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Byrne lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Byrne life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1990. The average life expectancy for Byrne in 1940 was 40, and 77 in 2004.

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