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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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Where is the Means family from?

You can see how Means families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Means family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Means families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 71 Means families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 29% of all the recorded Means's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Means families in 1840.
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What did your Means ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Means. 18% of Means men worked as a Laborer and 9% of Means women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Means were Farming and Housewife.

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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
    18%
  • Farmer
    18%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Farming
    3%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
    9%
  • Laborer
    9%
  • Teacher
    8%
  • Housewife
    6%
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Census Records

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 Lists

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 Cards

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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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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