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noun Broth"er
  1. A male person who has the same father and mother with another person, or who has one of them only. In the latter case he is more definitely called a half brother, or brother of the half blood."Two of us in the churchyard lie, My sister and my brother." [Wordsworth.]
  2. One related or closely united to another by some common tie or interest, as of rank, profession, membership in a society, toil, suffering, etc.; -- used among judges, clergymen, monks, physicians, lawyers, professors of religion, etc."A brotherof your order." [Shak.]"We few, we happy few, we band of brothers, For he to-day that sheds his blood with me Shall be my brother." [Shak.]
  3. One who, or that which, resembles another in distinctive qualities or traits of character."He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster." [Prov. xviii. 9.]"That April morn Of this the very brother." [Wordsworth.]"For of whom such massacre Make they but of their brethren, men of men?" [Milton.]

Note: A brother having the same mother but different fathers is called a uterine brother, and one having the same father but a different mother is called an agnate brother, or in [Law] a consanguine brother. A brother having the same father and mother is called a brother-german or full brother. The same modifying terms are applied to sister or sibling.

Note: ☞ In Scripture, the term brother is applied to a kinsman by blood more remote than a son of the same parents, as in the case of Abraham and Lot, Jacob and Laban. In a more general sense, brother or brethren is used for fellow-man or fellow-men.

Etymology: OE. brother, AS. brōðor; akin to OS. brothar, D. broeder, OHG. pruodar, G. bruder, Icel. brōðir, Sw. & Dan. broder, Goth. brōþar, Ir. brathair, W. brawd, pl. brodyr, Lith. brolis, Lett. brahlis, Russ. brat', Pol. & Serv. brat, OSlav. bratrŭ, L. frater, Skr. bhrātṛ, Zend bratar brother, Gr. fra`thr fra`twr, a clansman. The common plural is Brothers; in the solemn style, Brethren, OE. pl. brether bretheren, AS. dative sing. brēðer, nom. pl. brōðor brōðru. √258. Cf. Friar Fraternal

verb Broth"er
To make a brother of; to call or treat as a brother; to admit to a brotherhood.
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  1. A male with the same parents as someone else ("my brother still lives with our parents")
  2. (Roman Catholic Church) a title given to a monk and used as form of address ("a Benedictine Brother")
  3. A male person who is a fellow member (of a fraternity or religion or other group) ("none of his brothers would betray him")
  4. Used as a term of address for those male persons engaged in the same movement
  5. A close friend who accompanies his buddies in their activities
  1. Title of respect for an adult male member of a religious or fraternal order.
    At the monastery, Stephen supervises the kitchen.
  2. Formal title for any male member of a religious or fraternal organization.
    Please welcome Smith as he moves from his former congregation to his new congregation.
  3. An informal title used as part of another moniker:
    The Native American had a kinship with nature, even referring to Mother Earth and Brother Bear.
    Jacob was a Brother Grimm, and Wilhelm was a Grimm.

Notable Persons Named Brother

Brother Ali is a hip hop music rapping and hip hop production. He was most prominent from 1998 to present. Brother was given the name Jason Douglas Newman on July 30th, 1977.


Brother Voodoo is a comics character.



Brother Cadfael is a fictional character. Brother is also known as Cadfael ap Meilyr ap Dafydd..


His career lasted from 1946 to 1989. Brother was given the name Theodore Gottlieb on November 11th, 1906 in Düsseldorf. He passed away on April 5th, 2001.


Brother Lawrence of the Resurrection was a lay brother, discalced carmelite monastery, discalced carmelites, and discalced carmelitemonastery. Brother was given the name Nicolas Herman in 1614 in Hériménil. Brother is also known as Brother Lawrence of the Resurrection. He passed away on February 12th, 1691.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Brother

Big Brother is a fictional character.


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Popularity of Brother as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Brother U.S.
  White 82.06% 64.26%
  African American 8.02% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 8.40% 16.26%

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People with the last name Brother are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Brother

  • How Popular is the name Brother? Brother is the 66,049th most popular name of all time. As a last name Brother was the 73,911th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Brother have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 16 babies born with the first name Brother in the United States.
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Brother? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1912 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Brother first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Brother is Wednesday, September 6th, 1871.
  • What year had the most people named Brother born? The highest recorded use of the first name Brother was in 1922 with a total of 6 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Brother: Your name in reverse order is Rehtorb. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Obrreth. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Brother? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 262 people with the last name Brother.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Brother? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Brother as their last name since less than 1 person in 1.1m people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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