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Means Name Meaning

Irish: shortened form of McMeans. English: habitational names from East and West Meon in Hampshire, which take their names from the Meon river. The word is Celtic but of uncertain meaning, possibly ‘swift one’. nickname from Middle English mene ‘inferior in rank’, ‘of low degree’ (from Old English gem?ne), or from Middle English mene ‘moderate in behaviour’ (from Old French mëen, mean).

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

Similar surnames: Dean, Bean, Meas, Mears, Mewes, Meals, Beans, Krans, Deas, Mars

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Means Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Means name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Means. 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


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Benin/Togo


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Means Family Origin

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Means Family Occupations

What did your Means ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Means occupation in the USA was Farmer. 42% of Means's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Means family was Keeping House. Farmer, Laborer and Farming were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Means.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Farming

  • Keeping House


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Means Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 71,000 census records available for the last name Means. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Means 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 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Means. 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 21,000 military records available for the last name Means. For the veterans among your Means ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Means Life Expectancy

What is the average Means lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Means life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Means in 1940 was 66, and 74 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Means 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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