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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  • Farmer

    42%
  • Keeping House

    6%
  • Laborer

    5%
  • Farming

    3%

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

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Between 1944 and 2004, 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.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Bean

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