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Fain Name Meaning

French: habitational name from any of various places in France, deriving their names mostly from Old French fain ‘swamp’, but Latin fanum ‘temple’ is also a source in some cases. English: variant spelling of Fayne.

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


Similar surnames: Cain, Fail, Main, Faix, Frain, Bain, Hain, Fait, Dain, Sain

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Where is the Fain family from?

You can see how Fain families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Fain family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Fain families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 17 Fain families living in Georgia. This was about 28% of all the recorded Fain's in the USA. Georgia had the highest population of Fain families in 1840.
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What did your Fain ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Fain. 20% of Fain men worked as a Farmer and 9% of Fain women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Fain were Carpenter and Laborer.

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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
    20%
  • Laborer
    17%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Carpenter
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
    9%
  • Maid
    8%
  • Stenographer
    7%
  • Laborer
    6%
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Census Records

There are 27,000 census records available for the last name Fain. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Fain census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Fain. 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 Cards

There are 8,000 military records available for the last name Fain. For the veterans among your Fain ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Fain lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Fain life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Fain in 1940 was 40, and 76 in 2004.

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