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Gaines Name Meaning

English (of Norman origin): nickname for a crafty or ingenious person, from a reduced form of Old French engaine ‘ingenuity’, ‘trickery’ (Latin ingenium ‘native wit’). The word was also used in a concrete sense of a stratagem or device, particularly a trap. This surname has also assimilated reduced variants of Welsh Gurganus.

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

Similar surnames: Raines, Baines, Glines, Caines, Garner, Gainey, Maines, Garness

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Gaines Family Origin

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Gaines Family Occupations

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In 1880, a less common occupation for the Gaines family was Keeping House. The most common Gaines occupation in the USA was Farmer. 37% of Gaines's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Farm Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Gaines.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Farm Laborer

  • Keeping House


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Gaines Historical Records

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Census Record

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Passenger List

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Draft Card

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Gaines Life Expectancy

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Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Gaines life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Gaines in 1940 was 51, and 72 in 2004.

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