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Bain Name Meaning

Scottish: nickname for a fair-haired person, from Gaelic bàn ‘white’, ‘fair’. This is a common name in the Highlands, first recorded in Perth in 1324. It is also found as a reduced form of McBain. Northern English: nickname meaning ‘bone’, probably bestowed on an exceptionally tall, lean man, from Old English ban ‘bone’. In northern Middle English -a- was preserved, whereas in southern dialects (which later became standard), it was changed to -o-. Northern English: nickname for a hospitable person, from northern Middle English beyn, bayn ‘welcoming’, ‘friendly’ (Old Norse beinn ‘straight’, ‘direct’). English and French: metonymic occupational name for an attendant at a public bath house, from Middle English, Old French baine ‘bath’. French: topographic name for someone who lived by a Roman bath, from Old French baine ‘bath’ or a habitational name from a place in Ille-et-Vilaine, named with this word. Possibly an altered spelling of North German Behn.

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

Similar surnames: Hain, Main, Bann, Cain, Blain, Ban, Dain, Bail, Babin, Mann

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Bain Ethnicity Estimate

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  • France


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Bain Family Origin

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Bain Family Occupations

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In 1880, a less common occupation for the Bain family was Farming. The most common Bain occupation in the USA was Farmer. 41% of Bain's were Farmers. Farmer, Keeping House and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Bain.

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Laborer

  • Farming


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Bain Historical Records

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Census Record

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Passenger List

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Draft Card

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Bain Life Expectancy

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Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Bain life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1949, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Bain in 1941 was 50, and 75 in 2004.

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