Holbrook Family History

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Holbrook Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of various places, for example in Derbyshire, Dorset, and Suffolk, so called from Old English hol ‘hollow’, ‘sunken’ + broc ‘stream’. The name has probably absorbed the Dutch surname van Hoobroek, found in London in the early 17th century, and possibly a similar Low German surname (Holbrock or Halbrock). Several American bearers of the name in the 1880 census give their place of birth as Oldenburg or Hannover, Germany.

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

Similar surnames: Hornbrook, Seabrook, Holroyd, Brook, Benbrook, Holtrop, Holton

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Holbrook Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Holbrook name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Holbrook. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


  • Sweden


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Holbrook Family Origin

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Holbrook Family Occupations

What did your Holbrook ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Holbrook occupation in the UK was Labourer. 5% of Holbrook's were Labourers. A less common occupation for the Holbrook family was Farmer. Labourer, Coal Miner and Annuitant were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Holbrook.

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  • Labourer

  • Coal Miner

  • Annuitant

  • Farmer


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

Holbrook Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 122,000 census records available for the last name Holbrook. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Holbrook 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 Holbrook. 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 24,000 military records available for the last name Holbrook. For the veterans among your Holbrook ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Holbrook Life Expectancy

What is the average Holbrook lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Holbrook life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Holbrook in 1941 was 44, and 74 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Holbrook 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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