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Lavin Surname Meaning

Irish (Sligo Roscommon Mayo): shortened Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Láimhín a shortened form of Ó Flaithimhín ‘descendant of Flaithimhín’ a personal name from a diminutive of flaith ‘prince ruler’. This name is sometimes translated Hand from the similarity of the shortened form to lámh ‘hand’. Irish (Tipperary): variant of Laffin . English (Cornwall): of Norman origin from an Anglo-Norman French and Middle English female personal name Lavin. It derives either from Latin Lavinia the name of the second wide of Aeneas in Virgil's Aeneid or perhaps from a female form of the Anglo-Norman French male personal name Lafin inferred at Laffin . Spanish (Lavín): habitational name from Lavin a place so named in the Cantabria province. Swedish: from an unidentified first element + the adjectival suffix -in a derivative of Latin -in(i)us ‘relating to’. French (Somme): perhaps from either of the Old French personal names inferred at This surname is very rare in France.

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

Similar surnames: Gavin, Savin, Glavin, Clavin, Slavin, Flavin, Lakin, Levin, Larkin

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You can see how Lavin families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Lavin family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Lavin families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 198 Lavin families living in Lancashire. This was about 38% of all the recorded Lavin's in United Kingdom. Lancashire had the highest population of Lavin families in 1891.
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What did your Lavin 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 Lavin. 34% of Lavin men worked as a General Labourer and 76% of Lavin women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Lavin were Incapacitated and Domestic Duties Unpaid. .

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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
  • Builders Labourer
  • Farm Labourer
  • Incapacitated

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Cotton Weaver
  • Incapacitated
  • Domestic Duties Unpaid
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What is the average Lavin lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Lavin life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Lavin in 1945 was 72, and 77 in 2004.

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