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Main Name Meaning

Scottish: from a reduced form of the Scandinavian personal name Magnus. Scottish: topographic name for a farmer who farmed the main farm on an estate. Scottish, English (of Norman origin), and French: from the Continental Germanic personal name Maino, Meino, a short form of the various compound names with a first element magin ‘strength’, ‘might’. Scottish and English (of Norman origin): regional name for someone from the French province of Maine. Compare Mansell 1. Scottish and English (of Norman origin): nickname for a large man, from Anglo-Norman French magne, maine ‘big’. Scottish, English (of Norman origin), and French: nickname for someone with a deformed or missing hand, from Old French main ‘hand’ (Latin manus).

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


Similar surnames: Bain, Mann, Hain, Mein, Marin, Malin, Mains, Cain, Maine, Maino

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Where is the Main family from?

You can see how Main families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Main family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Main families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 73 Main families living in New York. This was about 31% of all the recorded Main's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Main families in 1840.
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What did your Main ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Main. 16% of Main men worked as a Farmer and 10% of Main women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Main were Truck Driver and Teacher.

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*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

  • Farmer
    16%
  • Laborer
    14%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
    10%
  • Housewife
    9%
  • Stenographer
    8%
  • Teacher
    8%
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Census Records

There are 166,000 census records available for the last name Main. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Main census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 84,000 immigration records available for the last name Main. 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 Cards

There are 45,000 military records available for the last name Main. For the veterans among your Main ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Main lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Main life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Main in 1940 was 53, and 74 in 2004.

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