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Brow Name Meaning

English: either a descriptive nickname for someone with bushy or otherwise distinctive eyebrows, from Middle English browe ‘eyebrow’, ‘eyelid’ (Old English bru), but, more likely, a topographic name for someone who lived at the brow of a hill from a transferred use of the same word; surnames of the type de la Browe are recorded from the end of the 13th century. Americanized spelling of French Braud. Americanized spelling of Dutch Brouw, an occupational name for a brewer, from a derivative of Middle High Dutch brouwen ‘to brew’.

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


Similar surnames: Bow, Trow, Brown, Low, Crow, Blow, Brue, Troy, Broe, Bro

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Where is the Brow family from?

You can see how Brow families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Brow family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Brow families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 57 Brow families living in Nova Scotia. This was about 37% of all the recorded Brow's in Canada. Nova Scotia had the highest population of Brow families in 1911.
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What did your Brow ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Book Keeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Brow. 66% of Brow men worked as a Farmer.

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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

  • Farmer
    66%
  • Laborer
    18%
  • Labourer
    18%

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Book Keeper
    100%
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Census Records

There are 26,000 census records available for the last name Brow. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Brow 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Brow. 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 4,000 military records available for the last name Brow. For the veterans among your Brow ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Brow lifespan?

Between 1953 and 2004, in the United States, Brow life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Brow in 1953 was 43, and 70 in 2004.

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