Bean Family History

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Bean Name Meaning

English: metonymic occupational name for a grower or seller of beans, from Old English bean ‘beans’ (a collective singular). Occasionally it may have been applied as a nickname for a someone considered of little importance. English: nickname for a pleasant person, from Middle English bene ‘friendly’, ‘amiable’ (of unknown origin; there is apparently no connection with Bain or Bon). Scottish: Anglicized form of the Gaelic personal name Beathán, a diminutive of beatha ‘life’. Translation of German Bohne, or an altered spelling of Biehn. See also Bihn. Mistranslation of French Lefevre. As the vocabulary word fèvre ‘smith’ was replaced by forgeron, the meaning of the old word became opaque, and the surname was reinterpreted as if it were La fève, from fève ‘(fava) bean’. Lefevre is the most common name in French Canada; great numbers of them migrated to the US, where many adopted the name Bean, in the belief that it was a translation of Lefèvre. See also Lafave.

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

Similar surnames: Beal, Dean, Bear, Ban, Lean, Behan, Benn, Beam, Hearn, Been

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Bean Ethnicity Estimate

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These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Bean. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • France


  • Norway


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Bean Family Origin

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Bean Family Occupations

What did your Bean ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Keeping House and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Bean. A less common occupation for the Bean family was Farming. The most common Bean occupation in the USA was Farmer. 42% of Bean's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Laborer

  • Farming


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Bean Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 276,000 census records available for the last name Bean. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Bean census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 20,000 immigration records available for the last name Bean. 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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Draft Card

There are 44,000 military records available for the last name Bean. For the veterans among your Bean ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Bean Life Expectancy

What is the average Bean lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Bean life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 1952. The average life expectancy for Bean in 1944 was 45, and 74 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Bean ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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