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Mainer Name Meaning

English: variant of Mayner a cognate of 1 above. This form of the surname has died out in Britain. German and Spanish: from the ancient Germanic personal name Maginhari (Middle English Mainer) composed of the elements magin ‘strength might’ + hari heri ‘army’. This surname is rare in Germany.

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


Similar surnames: Hainer, Mariner, Maine, Maines, Miner, Mailer, Manner, Mayner, Agner

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Where is the Mainer family from?

You can see how Mainer families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Mainer family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Mainer families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 3 Mainer families living in North Carolina. This was about 25% of all the recorded Mainer's in USA. North Carolina had the highest population of Mainer families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Mainer surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Mainer ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Proprietor were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Mainer. 35% of Mainer men worked as a Laborer and 15% of Mainer women worked as a Proprietor. Some less common occupations for Americans named Mainer were Mechanic and Day Work. .

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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

  • Laborer
    35%
  • Farmer
    11%
  • Salesman
    8%
  • Mechanic
    5%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Proprietor
    15%
  • Housekeeper
    15%
  • Housewife
    15%
  • Day Work
    12%
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Census Records

There are 5,000 census records available for the last name Mainer. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Mainer 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 442 immigration records available for the last name Mainer. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Mainer. For the veterans among your Mainer ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Mainer lifespan?

Between 1954 and 2004, in the United States, Mainer life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 1974. The average life expectancy for Mainer in 1954 was 47, and 72 in 2004.

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