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Hand Name Meaning

English and German: nickname for someone with a deformed hand or who had lost one hand, from Middle English hand, Middle High German hant, found in such appellations as Liebhard mit der Hand (Augsburg 1383). Jewish (Ashkenazic): nickname from German Hand ‘hand’ (see 1). Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Flaithimh (see Guthrie), resulting from an erroneous association of the Gaelic name with the Gaelic word lámh ‘hand’. It is used as an English equivalent for several other names of Gaelic origin too, e.g. Claffey, Glavin, and McClave. Dutch: from a variant of hont ‘dog’, ‘hound’, either a derogatory nickname, or a habitational name for someone living at a house distinguished by the sign of a dog.

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

Similar surnames: Hard, Rand, Land, Band, Wand, Sand, Hald, Zand, Han, Hain

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Hand Family Origin

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Hand Family Occupations

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In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Hand. 16% of Hand men worked as a Laborer and 8% of Hand women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Hand were Truck Driver and Clerk

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Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
  • Housewife
  • Housekeeper
  • Clerk

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Hand Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 209,000 census records available for the last name Hand. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Hand 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 18,000 immigration records available for the last name Hand. 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 62,000 military records available for the last name Hand. For the veterans among your Hand ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Hand Life Expectancy

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Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Hand life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Hand in 1940 was 57, and 75 in 2004.

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