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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


Similar surnames: Bean, Dear, Hearn, Degan, Dehn, Deal, Deane, Lean, Means, Deen

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Dean Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Dean name?

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

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  • England & Wales

    52%

  • Ireland & Scotland

    19%

  • Germanic Europe

    7%

  • Norway

    3%

  • Eastern Europe & Russia

    3%

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Dean Family Origin

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Dean Family Occupations

What did your Dean ancestors do for a living?

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

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  • Farmer

    38%
  • Laborer

    8%
  • Keeping House

    6%
  • Farming

    3%

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Dean Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 939,000 census records available for the last name Dean. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Dean 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 72,000 immigration records available for the last name Dean. 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 148,000 military records available for the last name Dean. For the veterans among your Dean ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Dean Life Expectancy

What is the average Dean lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, 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.

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