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