Paine Family History

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Paine Name Meaning

English (mainly Kent and Sussex): from the Middle English personal name Pain(e), Payn(e) (Old French Paien, from Latin Paganus), introduced to Britain by the Normans. The Latin name is a derivative of pagus ‘outlying village’, and meant at first a person who lived in the country (as opposed to Urbanus ‘city dweller’), then a civilian as opposed to a soldier, and eventually a heathen (one not enrolled in the army of Christ). This remained a popular name throughout the Middle Ages, but it died out in the 16th century.

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

Similar surnames: Laine, Raine, Pine, Pane, Maine, Cain, Caine, Fain, Maire, Pring

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Paine Ethnicity Estimate

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These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Paine. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


  • France


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Paine Family Origin

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Paine Family Occupations

What did your Paine ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Keeping House and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Paine. The most common Paine occupation in the USA was Farmer. 26% of Paine's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Paine family was Farm Laborer.

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Laborer

  • Farm Laborer


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Paine Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 192,000 census records available for the last name Paine. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Paine 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 16,000 immigration records available for the last name Paine. 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 23,000 military records available for the last name Paine. For the veterans among your Paine ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Paine Life Expectancy

What is the average Paine lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Paine life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Paine in 1945 was 32, and 78 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Paine 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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