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since 1880
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Brey

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  • A submission from Georgia, United States says the name Brey means "Courageous one" and is of English origin.
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From Old Irish breth, breith, verbal noun of beirid (“carries, bears, brings forth”).

  1. verbal noun of behr
  2. bearing (of child)

Notable Persons With the Last Name Brey

Mike Brey is a college coach. Mike was born on March 22nd, 1959 in Bethesda, Maryland.


Claire Du Brey was an actress. Her career lasted from 1916 to 1959. Claire was born on August 31st, 1892 in Bonner's Ferry, Idaho, U.S. She passed away on August 1st, 1993.


Carter was born in 1954 in Montclair, New Jersey.


Betty was born on November 23rd, 1931 in Weissport, Pennsylvania. She left this life on March 21st, 2015.


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Popularity of Brey as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Brey U.S.
  White 91.40% 64.26%
  African American 2.15% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.73% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.43% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.12% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 4.17% 16.26%

Of Last Name Brey

People with the last name Brey are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Brey

  • How Popular is the name Brey? Brey is the 55,715th most popular name of all time. As a last name Brey was the 13,155th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Brey have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 29 babies born with the first name Brey in the United States.
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Brey? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1998 when it was given as a first name to 11 new born babies.
  • What year had the most people named Brey born? The highest recorded use of the first name Brey was in 1998 with a total of 11 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Brey: Your name in reverse order is Yerb. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ryeb. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Brey? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 2,326 people with the last name Brey.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Brey? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Brey as their last name since less than 1 person in 127k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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