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Bain Surname Meaning

Scottish Manx and Irish: nickname for a fair-haired man from Gaelic bàn Irish bán ‘white fair’. This surname is common in the Highlands first recorded in Perth in 132 It is also found as a shortened form of McBain from Mac B(h)eathain. As a Manx name (spelled Bane) this may be a shortened form of Manx Macguilley Vane equivalent to Irish Mac Giolla Bháin ‘son of the fair youth’. Compare Irish Kilbane . English (northern) and Scottish: nickname for a hospitable person from northern Middle English beyn bayn ‘welcoming friendly’ (Old Norse beinn ‘straight direct’). English (northern) and Scottish: nickname from northern Middle English bān bain ‘bone leg’ (Old English bān Old Norse bein) perhaps denoting someone with a gammy leg. In northern Middle English -ā- was preserved whereas in southern dialects (which later became standard) it was changed to -ō-. French: habitational name from (Le) Bain the name of several places in various parts of France e.g. in Ille-et-Vilaine named with Old French baine ‘bath’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Hain, Main, Bann, Cain, Blain, Ban, Dain, Bail, Babin, Mann

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You can see how Bain families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Bain family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Bain families were found in and Scotland in 1841. In 1891 there were 335 Bain families living in London. This was about 25% of all the recorded Bain's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Bain families in 1891.
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What did your Bain ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Bain. 12% of Bain men worked as a General Labourer and 71% of Bain women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Bain were Motor Driver and Domestic Servant. .

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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 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Incapacitated
  • Builders Labourer
  • Motor Driver

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Private Means
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Domestic Servant
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What is the average Bain lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Bain life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1949, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Bain in 1941 was 50, and 75 in 2004.

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