Germain Family History

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Germain Name Meaning

French: from the Old French personal name Germain. This was popular in France, where it had been borne by a 5th-century saint, bishop of Auxerre. It derives from Latin Germanus ‘brother’, ‘cousin’ (originally an adjective meaning ‘of the same stock’, from Latin germen ‘bud’, ‘shoot’). In the Romance languages, especially Italian, the popularity of the equivalent personal name has been enhanced by association with the meaning ‘brother (in God)’, and in Spanish the cognate surname is derived from the vocabulary word meaning ‘brother’ rather than from a personal name. The feminine form, Germaine, which occurs as a place name in Aisne, Marne, and Haute-Marne, is associated with a late 16th-century saint from Provençal, the daughter of a poor farmer, who was canonized in 1867. English: variant of German.

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

Similar surnames: German, Gorman, Berman, Perman, Fermin, Herman, Bermann, Jerman

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Germain Family Origin

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Germain Family Occupations

What did your Germain ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Germain family was Farmer. Annuitant, Boot Maker and Brush Maker were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Germain. The most common Germain occupation in the UK was Annuitant. 4% of Germain's were Annuitants.

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  • Annuitant

  • Boot Maker

  • Brush Maker

  • Farmer


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Germain ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Germain Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 75,000 census records available for the last name Germain. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Germain 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 8,000 immigration records available for the last name Germain. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 10,000 military records available for the last name Germain. For the veterans among your Germain ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Germain Life Expectancy

What is the average Germain lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Germain life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1946, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Germain in 1942 was 41, and 79 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Germain

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Germain 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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