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

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Means Family Occupations

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  • Farmer

    42%
  • Laborer

    7%
  • Farming

    6%
  • Keeping House

    6%

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

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Between 1940 and 2004, 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.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Means

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