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Bean Family History

Bean Name Meaning
English: metonymic occupational name for a grower or seller of beans, from Old English bean ‘beans’ (a collective singular). Occasionally it may have been applied as a nickname for a someone considered of little importance.English: nickname for a pleasant person, from Middle English bene ‘friendly’, ‘amiable’ (of unknown origin; there is apparently no connection with Bain or Bon).Scottish: Anglicized form of the Gaelic personal name Beathán, a diminutive of beatha ‘life’.Translation of German Bohne, or an altered spelling of Biehn. See also Bihn.Mistranslation of French Lefevre. As the vocabulary word fèvre ‘smith’ was replaced by forgeron, the meaning of the old word became opaque, and the surname was reinterpreted as if it were La fève, from fève ‘(fava) bean’. Lefevre is the most common name in French Canada; great numbers of them migrated to the US, where many adopted the name Bean, in the belief that it was a translation of Lefèvre. See also Lafave.

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

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Name Distribution of Bean Families

  • Number of Bean families
     238 - 474
     80 - 237
     1 - 79
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Bean families
     626 - 1,250
     209 - 625
     1 - 208
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Bean families
     38 - 74
     13 - 37
     1 - 12
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Bean Family Origin

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Bean Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Bean

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Bean Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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