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Dean Family History

Dean Name Meaning
English: topographic name from Middle English dene ‘valley’ (Old English denu), or a habitational name from any of several places in various parts of England named Dean, Deane, or Deen from this word. In Scotland this is a habitational name from Den in Aberdeenshire or Dean in Ayrshire.English: occupational name for the servant of a dean or nickname for someone thought to resemble a dean. A dean was an ecclesiastical official who was the head of a chapter of canons in a cathedral. The Middle English word deen is a borrowing of Old French d(e)ien, from Latin decanus (originally a leader of ten men, from decem ‘ten’), and thus is a cognate of Deacon.Irish: variant of Deane.Italian: occupational name cognate with 2, from Venetian dean ‘dean’, a dialect form of degan, from degano (Italian decano).

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

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Name Distribution of Dean Families

  • Number of Dean families
     682 - 1,361
     228 - 681
     1 - 227
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Dean families
     2,411 - 4,820
     804 - 2,410
     1 - 803
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Dean families
     99 - 195
     34 - 98
     1 - 33
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Dean Family Origin

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Dean Immigration Information

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Dean Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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