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Hand Family History

Hand Name Meaning
English and German: nickname for someone with a deformed hand or who had lost one hand, from Middle English hand, Middle High German hant, found in such appellations as Liebhard mit der Hand (Augsburg 1383).Jewish (Ashkenazic): nickname from German Hand ‘hand’ (see 1).Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Flaithimh (see Guthrie), resulting from an erroneous association of the Gaelic name with the Gaelic word lámh ‘hand’. It is used as an English equivalent for several other names of Gaelic origin too, e.g. Claffey, Glavin, and McClave.Dutch: from a variant of hont ‘dog’, ‘hound’, either a derogatory nickname, or a habitational name for someone living at a house distinguished by the sign of a dog.

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

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Name Distribution of Hand Families

  • Number of Hand families
     245 - 488
     82 - 244
     1 - 81
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Hand families
     309 - 616
     104 - 308
     1 - 103
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Hand families
     28 - 53
     10 - 27
     1 - 9
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Hand Family Origin

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Hand Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Hand

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Hand Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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