Bristow Family History

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Bristow Name Meaning

English: habitational name from the city of Bristol, named in Old English with brycg ‘bridge’ + stow ‘assembly place’. The final -l of the modern form is due to a regional pronunciation.

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

Similar surnames: Barstow, Bristol, Brinton, Wriston, Briscoe, Gritton, Whiston

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Bristow Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Bristow name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Bristow. 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


  • Norway


  • Sweden


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Bristow Family Origin

Where is the Bristow family from?

Bristow Family Occupations

What did your Bristow ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Bristow family was Farm Laborer. Farmer, School and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Bristow. The most common Bristow occupation in Canada was Farmer. 33% of Bristow's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • School

  • Labourer

  • Farm Laborer


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

Bristow Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 136,000 census records available for the last name Bristow. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Bristow census 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 8,000 immigration records available for the last name Bristow. 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 11,000 military records available for the last name Bristow. For the veterans among your Bristow ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Bristow Life Expectancy

What is the average Bristow lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Bristow life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Bristow in 1942 was 36, and 72 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Bristow

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Bristow 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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