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Brimley Name Meaning

English: habitational name, perhaps from Brimley in Devon or Brimbley in Stoke Abbott, Dorset, both named with Old English brom ‘broom’ + leah ‘woodland clearing’.

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

Similar surnames: Bromley, Bramley, Grimley, Brisley, Brailey, Riley, Bailey, Brinkley

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Where is the Brimley family from?

You can see how Brimley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Brimley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Brimley families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1911 there were 12 Brimley families living in Ontario. This was about 92% of all the recorded Brimley's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Brimley families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Brimley surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Brimley ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Jobbing Gardener and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Brimley. 40% of Brimley men worked as a Jobbing Gardener and 75% of Brimley women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Brimley were Minister Of Religion and Housekeeper.

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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 1939

  • Jobbing Gardener
  • Gardener Private House
  • Builders Labourer
  • Minister Of Religion

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Cotton Weaver
  • Old Age Pensioner
  • Housekeeper
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Census Records

There are 6,000 census records available for the last name Brimley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Brimley 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 432 immigration records available for the last name Brimley. 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 515 military records available for the last name Brimley. For the veterans among your Brimley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Brimley lifespan?

Between 1958 and 2003, in the United States, Brimley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1980, and highest in 1991. The average life expectancy for Brimley in 1958 was 62, and 66 in 2003.

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