Briley Family History

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Briley Name Meaning

English: of uncertain origin; perhaps a variant of Brierley.

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

Similar surnames: Brimley, Bailey, Brinley, Braley, Riley, Bruley, Briney, Brinkley

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Briley Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Briley name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Briley. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • France


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


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Briley Family Origin

Where is the Briley family from?

Briley Family Occupations

What did your Briley ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Briley occupation in Canada was School. 44% of Briley's were Schools. School, Servant and Cheese Maker were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Briley. A less common occupation for the Briley family was P. Office.

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  • School

  • Servant

  • Cheese Maker

  • P. Office


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Briley ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Briley Historical Records

What Briley family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 26,000 census records available for the last name Briley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Brileycensus records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Briley. 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 Card

There are 4,000 military records available for the last name Briley. For the veterans among your Briley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Briley Life Expectancy

What is the average Briley lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Briley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1993. The average life expectancy for Briley in 1944 was 32, and 72 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Briley

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Briley ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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