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Brinkley Name Meaning

English: habitational name from places in Cambridgeshire and Nottinghamshire named Brinkley; the first is most probably named with the Old English personal name Brynca (of uncertain origin) + Old English leah ‘woodland clearing’.

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

Similar surnames: Brindley, Bickley, Brackley, Binkley, Bingley, Winkley, Brierley

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Where is the Brinkley family from?

You can see how Brinkley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Brinkley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Brinkley families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1911 there was 1 Brinkley family living in Ontario. This was about 50% of all the recorded Brinkley's in Canada. Ontario and 1 other province had the highest population of Brinkley families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Brinkley surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Brinkley ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Brinkley. 22% of Brinkley men worked as a Laborer and 9% of Brinkley women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Brinkley were Farming 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 1940

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Farming

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
  • Maid
  • Teacher
  • Housekeeper
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Brinkley. 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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There are 10,000 military records available for the last name Brinkley. For the veterans among your Brinkley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Brinkley lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Brinkley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Brinkley in 1940 was 31, and 73 in 2004.

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