Dean Name Meaning

English: topographic name from Middle English dene ‘valley’ (Old English denu), or a habitational name from any of several places in various parts of England named Dean, Deane, or Deen from this word. In Scotland this is a habitational name from Den in Aberdeenshire or Dean in Ayrshire. English: occupational name for the servant of a dean or nickname for someone thought to resemble a dean. A dean was an ecclesiastical official who was the head of a chapter of canons in a cathedral. The Middle English word deen is a borrowing of Old French d(e)ien, from Latin decanus (originally a leader of ten men, from decem ‘ten’), and thus is a cognate of Deacon. Irish: variant of Deane. Italian: occupational name cognate with 2, from Venetian dean ‘dean’, a dialect form of degan, from degano (Italian decano).

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

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Dean Family Origin

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Dean Family Occupations

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  • Farmer

    38%
  • Laborer

    8%
  • Keeping House

    6%
  • Farming

    3%

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Dean family was Farming. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Dean. The most common Dean occupation in the USA was Farmer. 38% of Dean's were Farmers.

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Between 1940 and 2004, Dean life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Dean in 1940 was 50, and 74 in 2004.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Dean

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