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Means Family History

Means Name Meaning
Irish: shortened form of McMeans.English: habitational names from East and West Meon in Hampshire, which take their names from the Meon river. The word is Celtic but of uncertain meaning, possibly ‘swift one’.nickname from Middle English mene ‘inferior in rank’, ‘of low degree’ (from Old English gem?ne), or from Middle English mene ‘moderate in behaviour’ (from Old French mëen, mean).

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

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Name Distribution of Means Families

  • Number of Means families
     106 - 209
     36 - 105
     1 - 35
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Means families
     25 - 47
     9 - 24
     1 - 8
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Means families
     3 - 2
     2 - 2
     1
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Means Family Origin

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Means Immigration Information

from the New York Passenger Lists

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Average Life Expectancy for Means

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Means Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

Means census records

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Means Civil War Service Records

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