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Brain Family History

Brain Name Meaning

English: apparently a nickname from Middle English brain ‘brain mind’ probably short for brainwod ‘mad in the mind furious’. Compare Brainard . Irish (Down) and Scottish: shortened Anglicized form of Irish Mac an Bhreitheamhan Scottish Gaelic Mac a' Bhreitheamhan ‘son of the judge’ from breitheamh ‘judge’. Compare Braham

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Drain, Blain, Bain, Bran, Bean, Brann, Braden, Crain, Brin, Branin

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Where is the Brain family from?

You can see how Brain families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Brain family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Brain families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1911 there were 113 Brain families living in Ontario. This was about 66% of all the recorded Brain's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Brain families in 1911.
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What did your Brain ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Brain. 60% of Brain men worked as a Farmer and 34% of Brain women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Brain were Clerk and Domestic. .

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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 1921

  • Farmer
  • Machinist
  • Carpenter
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Housekeeper
  • Operator
  • Domestic
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Census Records

There are 73,000 census records available for the last name Brain. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Brain 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 7,000 immigration records available for the last name Brain. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 7,000 military records available for the last name Brain. For the veterans among your Brain ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Brain lifespan?

Between 1948 and 2004, in the United States, Brain life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1954, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Brain in 1948 was 62, and 82 in 2004.

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