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Brush Name Meaning

English: of uncertain origin. It may be a nickname for someone thought to resemble a brush (Middle English brusche, from Old French brosse), or a metonymic occupational name for a brush maker. It could also be from a related word, brusche ‘cut wood’, ‘branches lopped off trees’ (Old French brousse), applied as a metonymic occupational name for a forester or woodcutter, or a topographic name for someone who lived in a scrubby area of country, from Old French broce ‘brushwood’, ‘scrub’, ‘thicket’ (Late Latin bruscia). Respelling of German Brusch or Brüsch, a topographic name from the field name Brüsch (Middle High German brüsch ‘heather’, ‘broom’ or ‘brush’).

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

Similar surnames: Brust, Bush, Rush, Brus, Brusse, Bruch, Rust, Bruck, Rusch, Brash

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Where is the Brush family from?

You can see how Brush families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Brush family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Brush families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 140 Brush families living in Ontario. This was about 82% of all the recorded Brush's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Brush families in 1911.
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What did your Brush ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Saleslady were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Brush. 60% of Brush men worked as a Farmer and 60% of Brush women worked as a Saleslady. Some less common occupations for Americans named Brush were Farmers Son and Teacher.

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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
  • Carpenter
  • Labourer
  • Farmers Son

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Saleslady
  • Teacher
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Census Records

There are 55,000 census records available for the last name Brush. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Brush 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 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Brush. 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 13,000 military records available for the last name Brush. For the veterans among your Brush ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Brush lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Brush life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 1992. The average life expectancy for Brush in 1941 was 38, and 78 in 2004.

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