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Brayer Name Meaning

Scottish and northern Irish: reduced form of Scottish McBrayer. The surname is also established in England, where it may be an occupational name for a maker of pestles, from Old French breie, broie ‘pestle’. Jewish (Ashkenazic): occupational name from Yiddish brayer ‘brewer’.

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


Similar surnames: Bramer, Braker, Brauer, Rayer, Grayer, Bayer, Brader, Blamer, Brager

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Where is the Brayer family from?

You can see how Brayer families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Brayer family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Brayer families were found in USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 12 Brayer families living in New Brunswick. This was about 30% of all the recorded Brayer's in Canada. New Brunswick had the highest population of Brayer families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Brayer surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Brayer ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Brayer. 21% of Brayer men worked as a Laborer and 27% of Brayer women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Brayer were Clerk and Saleslady. .

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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.

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Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
    21%
  • Salesman
    16%
  • Farmer
    11%
  • Clerk
    11%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Maid
    27%
  • Clerk
    22%
  • Teacher
    11%
  • Saleslady
    11%
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Census Records

There are 5,000 census records available for the last name Brayer. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Brayer 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 744 immigration records available for the last name Brayer. 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 752 military records available for the last name Brayer. For the veterans among your Brayer ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Brayer lifespan?

Between 1948 and 2004, in the United States, Brayer life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1948, and highest in 1982. The average life expectancy for Brayer in 1948 was 48, and 67 in 2004.

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