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O'brien Name Meaning

Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Briain ‘descendant of Brian’, a personal name probably based on the element bre- ‘hill’, with the transferred sense ‘eminence’, i.e. ‘exalted one’. See also Bryan. In Ireland there has also been some confusion with O’Byrne (see Byrne).

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


Similar surnames: Mcbrien, Brian, Mcbreen, O'quinn, O'beirne, Breen, Brien, O'banion

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O'brien Family Origin

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O'brien Family Occupations

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  • Labourer

    10%
  • Tailor

    3%
  • General Laborer

    2%
  • Coal Miner

    2%

In 1881, Labourer, Tailor and General Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by O'brien. A less common occupation for the O'brien family was Coal Miner. The most common O'brien occupation in the UK was Labourer. 10% of O'brien's were Labourers.

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