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Dean Name Meaning

English: topographic name from Middle English dene ‘valley’ (Old English denu), or a habitational name from any of several places in various parts of England named Dean, Deane, or Deen from this word. In Scotland this is a habitational name from Den in Aberdeenshire or Dean in Ayrshire. English: occupational name for the servant of a dean or nickname for someone thought to resemble a dean. A dean was an ecclesiastical official who was the head of a chapter of canons in a cathedral. The Middle English word deen is a borrowing of Old French d(e)ien, from Latin decanus (originally a leader of ten men, from decem ‘ten’), and thus is a cognate of Deacon. Irish: variant of Deane. Italian: occupational name cognate with 2, from Venetian dean ‘dean’, a dialect form of degan, from degano (Italian decano).

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


Similar surnames: Bean, Dear, Hearn, Degan, Dehn, Deal, Deane, Lean, Means, Deen

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Where is the Dean family from?

You can see how Dean families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Dean family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Dean families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 4,820 Dean families living in Lancashire. This was about 22% of all the recorded Dean's in the UK. Lancashire had the highest population of Dean families in 1891.
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What did your Dean ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Dean. 7% of Dean men worked as a General Labourer and 65% of Dean women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Dean were Bricklayer and Incapacitated.

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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
    7%
  • Builders Labourer
    3%
  • Incapacitated
    2%
  • Bricklayer
    2%

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    65%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    3%
  • Housewife
    2%
  • Incapacitated
    2%
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Passenger Lists

There are 72,000 immigration records available for the last name Dean. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Australia, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 148,000 military records available for the last name Dean. For the veterans among your Dean ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Dean lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Dean life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Dean in 1940 was 50, and 74 in 2004.

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