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Breese Surname Meaning

English (Montgomeryshire; also Norfolk): nickname for an irritating person from Middle English brese ‘gadfly’ (Old English brēosa). See also Breeze compare Breece . German: habitational name from any of numerous places called Breese or Breesen in Mecklenburg Wendland (near Hanover) Brandenburg and Pomerania. In some cases the placename is derived from a Slavic word meaning ‘birch’ (brěza in Old Slavic).

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


Similar surnames: Reese, Breeze, Beese, Briese, Breece, Freese, Leese, Rees, Brees

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Where is the Breese family from?

You can see how Breese families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Breese family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1840 and 1920. The most Breese families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 13 Breese families living in Ontario. This was about 65% of all the recorded Breese's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Breese families in 1911.
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What did your Breese ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Student were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Breese. 85% of Breese men worked as a Farmer and 100% of Breese women worked as a Student. .

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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
    85%
  • Fisherman
    16%

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Student
    100%
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Census Records

There are 30,000 census records available for the last name Breese. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Breese 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Breese. 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 4,000 military records available for the last name Breese. For the veterans among your Breese ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Breese lifespan?

Between 1947 and 2004, in the United States, Breese life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1947, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Breese in 1947 was 31, and 81 in 2004.

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