History of your Surname
Get access to Laine family records.Start a free trial

Laine Family History

Laine Name Meaning

Northern Irish: reduced form of Scottish McLean. English: perhaps a variant spelling of Lane. Finnish: ornamental name from laine ‘wave’. This is one of the most common names among those that were derived from words denoting natural features when hereditary surnames were adopted in Finland in the beginning of the 20th century. This name is found chiefly in southern Finland. French: metonymic occupational name for a worker or dealer in wool, from Old French la(i)ne ‘wool’ (Latin lana).

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

Similar surnames: Lane, Line, Raine, Paine, Lain, Maine, Saine, Caine, Lile, Cain

Search for a relative to learn more about your family history.

Hint: Try searching for a relative alive in 1940.

Black & white image of a young woman scientist

Where is the Laine family from?

You can see how Laine families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Laine family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Laine families were found in USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 15 Laine families living in Virginia. This was about 25% of all the recorded Laine's in USA. Virginia had the highest population of Laine families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Laine surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Laine ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Laine. 19% of Laine men worked as a Laborer and 9% of Laine women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Laine were Clerk and Waitress. .

View Census Data for Laine | Data not to scale

*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

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Carpenter
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
  • Maid
  • Housework
  • Waitress
Black & white image of two construction labourers

What Laine family records will you find?

Census Records

There are 21,000 census records available for the last name Laine. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Laine census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

Search US census records for Laine

Passenger Lists

There are 9,000 immigration records available for the last name Laine. 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.

View all Laine immigration records

Draft Cards

There are 4,000 military records available for the last name Laine. For the veterans among your Laine ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

View all Laine military records

You've only scratched the surface of Laine family history

Discover More

What is the average Laine lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Laine life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Laine in 1944 was 27, and 78 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Laine

Discover the unique achievements of ancestors in the Laine family tree

Explore Your Tree
Search for another surname
Start a 14-Day Free Trial