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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

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  • Annuitant

    4%
  • Boot Maker

    4%
  • Brush Maker

    4%
  • Farmer

    4%

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

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Germain Life Expectancy

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