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Brierley Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of the places called Brierl(e)y, in the West Midlands, West and South Yorkshire, and elsewhere, all of which are named with Old English br?r ‘briar’ + leah ‘woodland clearing’.

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

Similar surnames: Bierly, Brinkley, Barley, Brisley, Brimley, Brindley, Bromley

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Where is the Brierley family from?

You can see how Brierley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Brierley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Brierley families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1911 there were 34 Brierley families living in Ontario. This was about 67% of all the recorded Brierley's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Brierley families in 1911.
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What did your Brierley ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Butcher and Tailoress were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Brierley. 34% of Brierley men worked as a Butcher and 34% of Brierley women worked as a Tailoress. Some less common occupations for Americans named Brierley were Labourer and 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

  • Butcher
  • Laborer
  • Labourer

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Tailoress
  • Carder
  • Student
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Census Records

There are 68,000 census records available for the last name Brierley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Brierley 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 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Brierley. 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 5,000 military records available for the last name Brierley. For the veterans among your Brierley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Brierley lifespan?

Between 1957 and 2004, in the United States, Brierley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 1981. The average life expectancy for Brierley in 1957 was 50, and 69 in 2004.

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