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Blain Name Meaning

Scottish: shortened form of MacBlain a shortened form of Mac Gille Blathain ‘son of Gille Blááin’ a personal name meaning ‘servant of Saint Bláán’. Bláán after whom Dunblane in Perthshire was named appears in placenames in both Ireland and Scotland. English: from Middle English bleyne ‘inflamed swelling on the surface of the body’ possibly a nickname for a person suffering from boils or some form of inflamation of the skin. English: habitational name from Blean in Kent named with Old English blēa (blēan oblique case) ‘course rough ground’. Altered form of French Abelin: from the personal name Abelin a pet form of Abel . The surname Abelin is rare in France found mainly in Charente-Maritime. French: altered form of Blin a shortened form of Belin and hence in part a cognate of 4 above. French: habitational name from Blain a place in Loire-Atlantique of Gaulish origin derived from the personal name Belenius or Blannius. This surname (in any of the three possible French senses; see also above) is also found in Haiti where it is however at least in part of English origin (see 2 and 3 above).

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

Similar surnames: Bain, Bean, Main, Brain, Lain, Cain, Blair, Bodin, Hain, Belin

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You can see how Blain families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Blain family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Blain families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 30 Blain families living in Ohio. This was about 21% of all the recorded Blain's in USA. Ohio had the highest population of Blain families in 1840.
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What did your Blain ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Blain. 20% of Blain men worked as a Farmer and 10% of Blain women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Blain were Salesman and Waitress. .

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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

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Truck Driver
  • Salesman

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
  • Housekeeper
  • Clerk
  • Waitress
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Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Blain life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Blain in 1945 was 67, and 76 in 2004.

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