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

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Hand Family Origin

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Hand Family Occupations

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  • Farmer

    31%
  • Laborer

    9%
  • Keeping House

    6%
  • Farming

    3%

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

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Between 1940 and 2004, 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.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Hand

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