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Brenner Name Meaning

German and Swiss German: from an agent derivative of Middle High German brennen ‘to burn’ in various applications. Often it is an occupational name for a distiller of spirits; it may also refer to a charcoal or lime burner or to someone who cleared forests by burning. Jewish (Ashkenazic): occupational name for a distiller from German Brenner literally ‘burner’ (see 1 above). English (of Norman origin): occupational name from Old French brenier ‘keeper of the hounds’. See Berner English: occupational name from Middle English brenner(e) (from an Old Norse agent noun brennari deriving from brenna ‘to burn’) denoting a burner of lime bricks or charcoal. See Berner

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

Similar surnames: Berner, Benner, Renner, Brunner, Trenner, Breiner, Brenn, Brender

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Where is the Brenner family from?

You can see how Brenner families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Brenner family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Brenner families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 100 Brenner families living in Ontario. This was about 56% of all the recorded Brenner's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Brenner families in 1911.
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What did your Brenner ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Domestic were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Brenner. 48% of Brenner men worked as a Farmer and 50% of Brenner women worked as a Domestic. Some less common occupations for Americans named Brenner were Retired and Nurse. .

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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
  • Labourer
  • Laborer
  • Retired

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Domestic
  • Housewife
  • Nurse
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There are 20,000 military records available for the last name Brenner. For the veterans among your Brenner ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Brenner lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Brenner life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Brenner in 1942 was 33, and 77 in 2004.

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