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Hands Family History

Hands Name Meaning

English (mainly West Midlands): variant of Hand perhaps a plural form if a nickname or with genitival -s if a patronymic. In most instances it is probably a post-medieval variant with excrescent -s. Compare Hance

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


Similar surnames: Hand, Lands, Sands, Hinds, Handt, Hanes, Hynds, Shands, Halls, Haws

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Where is the Hands family from?

You can see how Hands families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Hands family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Hands families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1891 there were 972 Hands families living in Warwickshire. This was about 33% of all the recorded Hands's in United Kingdom. Warwickshire had the highest population of Hands families in 1891.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Hands surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Hands 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 Hands. 11% of Hands men worked as a General Labourer and 69% of Hands women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Hands were Incapacitated and Unpaid Domestic Dut. .

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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
    11%
  • Builders Labourer
    6%
  • Sheet Metal Worker
    4%
  • Incapacitated
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    69%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    2%
  • Incapacitated
    2%
  • Unpaid Domestic Dut
    2%
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Census Records

There are 66,000 census records available for the last name Hands. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Hands 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 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Hands. 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 13,000 military records available for the last name Hands. For the veterans among your Hands ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Hands lifespan?

Between 1949 and 2004, in the United States, Hands life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1949, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Hands in 1949 was 30, and 82 in 2004.

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