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Ginn Name Meaning

Irish: reduced form of McGinn, an Anglicized form of Gaelic Mag Finn ‘son of Fionn’. English: from Middle English gin ‘trick’, ‘contrivance’, ‘snare’, a reduced form of Middle English engin (see Ingham 2), hence a metonymic occupational name for a trapper or a nickname for a cunning person.

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


Similar surnames: Gunn, Finn, Kinn, Pinn, Linn, Rinn, Gann, Ging, Zinn, Genn

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Where is the Ginn family from?

You can see how Ginn families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Ginn family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Ginn families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 184 Ginn families living in London. This was about 23% of all the recorded Ginn's in the UK. London had the highest population of Ginn families in 1891.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Ginn surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Ginn 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 Ginn. 18% of Ginn men worked as a General Labourer and 71% of Ginn women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Ginn were Motor Driver and Unpaid 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
    18%
  • Bricklayer
    12%
  • Builders Labourer
    5%
  • Motor Driver
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    71%
  • Housewife
    4%
  • Domestic Servant
    3%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    3%
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Census Records

There are 60,000 census records available for the last name Ginn. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Ginn census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Ginn. 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 9,000 military records available for the last name Ginn. For the veterans among your Ginn ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Ginn lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Ginn life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 1967. The average life expectancy for Ginn in 1943 was 33, and 73 in 2004.

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