Hand Family History

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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 Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Hand name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Norway


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Hand Family Origin

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Hand Family Occupations

What did your Hand ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Hand occupation in the USA was Farmer. 31% of Hand's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Hand family was Farming. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Hand.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farming


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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

What is the average Hand lifespan?

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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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Hand ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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