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Main Name Meaning
Scottish: from a reduced form of the Scandinavian personal name Magnus.Scottish: topographic name for a farmer who farmed the main farm on an estate.Scottish, English (of Norman origin), and French: from the Continental Germanic personal name Maino, Meino, a short form of the various compound names with a first element magin ‘strength’, ‘might’.Scottish and English (of Norman origin): regional name for someone from the French province of Maine. Compare Mansell 1.Scottish and English (of Norman origin): nickname for a large man, from Anglo-Norman French magne, maine ‘big’.Scottish, English (of Norman origin), and French: nickname for someone with a deformed or missing hand, from Old French main ‘hand’ (Latin manus).

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

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Name Distribution of Main Families

  • Number of Main families
     100 - 197
     34 - 99
     1 - 33
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Main families
     130 - 258
     44 - 129
     1 - 43
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Main families
     327 - 651
     110 - 326
     1 - 109
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Main Family Origin

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Main Immigration Information

from the New York Passenger Lists

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You can find out when most of the Main families immigrated to the United States. You can focus your search to immigration records dating from that era.

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Average Life Expectancy for Main

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family.

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Main Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

Main census records

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Main Civil War Service Records

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