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Origins of the Obrien surname

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About the Obriens

We have a total number of 272184 records for people with the last name Obrien.

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Where do most Obriens live?

In 1921, most Obriens lived in London.


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Interesting facts about Obriens

How common is your surname?

You have a rare surname! It's not in the top 1000 UK surnames!

We have 79,600 records for the Obrien surname. The oldest one dates back to 1804.

Who were Obriens most likely to marry?

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What are the most common Obrien first names?

  • John
  • James
  • Mary
  • Margaret

Our birth record sets tell us the names of Obrien family members

Common jobs for Obriens

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Obriens in 1921
Domestic Servant

282

Laundress

264

Charwoman

255

Dressmaker

246

Tailoress

206

Common Male occupations for Obriens in 1921
General Labourer

746

Dock Labourer

376

Tailor

353

Coal Miner

314

Semiskilled Chauffeurs And Drivers

220

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