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Germain Family History

Germain Name Meaning

French and West Indian (mainly Haiti): from the French personal name Germain Latin Germanus. This was popular in France where it had been borne by a 5th-century Christian saint bishop of Auxerre. It derives from Latin germanus ‘brother cousin’ (originally an adjective meaning ‘of the same stock’ from Latin germen ‘bud shoot’) or alternatively from the ethnic name Germanus ‘German’. In the Italian the popularity of the equivalent personal name (see Germano ) has been enhanced by association with the meaning ‘brother (in God)’. This surname is most common in Haiti.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: German, Gorman, Berman, Perman, Fermin, Herman, Bermann, Jerman

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Where is the Germain family from?

You can see how Germain families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Germain family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Germain families were found in Canada in 1911. In 1840 there were 9 Germain families living in New York. This was about 43% of all the recorded Germain's in USA. New York had the highest population of Germain families in 1840.
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What did your Germain ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housework were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Germain. 12% of Germain men worked as a Laborer and 9% of Germain women worked as a Housework. Some less common occupations for Americans named Germain were Truck Driver and Saleslady. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housework
  • Stenographer
  • Clerk
  • Saleslady
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 8,000 immigration records available for the last name Germain. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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There are 10,000 military records available for the last name Germain. For the veterans among your Germain ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Germain lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Germain life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1946, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Germain in 1942 was 41, and 79 in 2004.

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