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Bean Surname Meaning

English: nickname for a pleasant person from Middle English bēne ‘friendly amiable’. English: metonymic occupational name for a grower or seller of beans from Middle English bene ‘bean’ (Old English bēan ‘beans’ a collective singular). The broad bean Vicia faba was a staple food in Europe in the Middle Ages. The green bean Phaseolus vulgaris came from South America and was not introduced to Europe until the late 16th century. The word bene was commonly used to denote something of little worth and occasionally it may have been applied as a nickname for someone considered insignificant. English: possibly a habitational or topographic name. Redmonds Dictionary of Yorkshire Surnames cites Adam del Bene of Harrogate (1351) as evidence to suggest that in the Harrogate area where the Yorkshire name later proliferated it may have been derived from a place where beans grew. English: perhaps a variant of Benn . Compare Benney . Scottish and Irish: shortened Anglicized form of the patronymic Mac B(h)eathain ‘son of Beathán’ from the Gaelic personal name Beathán a diminutive of beatha ‘life’ see McBain . In Ireland Bean is also found also a shortened form of Ó Beachain see Behan . Americanized form (translation into English) of German Bohne or an altered form of Biehn . See also Bihn .7: Americanized form (mistranslation into English) of French Lefebvre . As the vocabulary word fèvre ‘smith’ was replaced by forgeron in modern French the meaning of the old word for a smith became opaque and the surname was reinterpreted as if it were La fève from fève ‘bean’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Beal, Dean, Bear, Ban, Lean, Behan, Benn, Beam, Hearn, Been

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You can see how Bean families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Bean family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Bean families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 1,250 Bean families living in Yorkshire. This was about 30% of all the recorded Bean's in United Kingdom. Yorkshire had the highest population of Bean families in 1891.
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What did your Bean ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Bean. 9% of Bean men worked as a General Labourer and 70% of Bean women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Bean were Farm Labourer and Incapacitated. .

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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 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Bricklayer
  • Farmer
  • Farm Labourer

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Housewife
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Incapacitated
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Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Bean life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 1952. The average life expectancy for Bean in 1944 was 45, and 74 in 2004.

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