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Fabian Surname Meaning

English German Dutch Spanish Italian (Veneto) and Polish; Czech (mainly Fabián); Slovak (also Fábian Fabián); Hungarian (Fábián): from a personal name Latin Fabianus a derivative of the Roman surname Fabius. The personal name achieved considerable popularity in Europe in the Middle Ages having been borne by a 3rd-century pope and saint. Compare Faubion . Americanized or Italianized form of Slovenian Fabjan or Slovenian and Croatian Fabijan: from the personal name Fab(i)jan Latin Fabianus (see above). In North America this surname may also be a shortened form of patronymics from this name e.g. Slovenian Fabjančič Croatian Fabijančić. See also Fabiani Jewish: adoption of the non-Jewish surname (see 1 above) under the influence of the Yiddish personal name Fayvish ultimately related to Latin Vivus meaning ‘living’.

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

Similar surnames: Damian, Fabiano, Fabish, Sabin, Fabiani, Babin, Fabio, Farman, Falin

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Where is the Fabian family from?

You can see how Fabian families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Fabian family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Fabian families were found in USA in 1920. In 1891 there were 88 Fabian families living in London. This was about 38% of all the recorded Fabian's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Fabian families in 1891.
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What did your Fabian 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 Fabian. 34% of Fabian men worked as a General Labourer and 76% of Fabian women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Fabian were Retired and Domestic. .

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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
  • None
  • Retired

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Housewife
  • Private Means
  • Domestic
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Passenger Lists

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There are 9,000 military records available for the last name Fabian. For the veterans among your Fabian ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Fabian lifespan?

Between 1946 and 2004, in the United States, Fabian life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Fabian in 1946 was 46, and 77 in 2004.

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