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Hand Surname Meaning

English German and Dutch: nickname for someone with a peculiarity or deformity of the hand or perhaps to skill in its use from Middle English hond(e) hand(e) Middle High German hant found in such appellations as Johan metter hant (Rijkhoven 1284) Liebhard mit der Hand (Augsburg 1383). Jewish (Ashkenazic): nickname from German Hand ‘hand’ (see 1 above). Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Fhlaithimh (see Guthrie ) as a result of association with the Gaelic word lámh ‘hand’. It is used as an English equivalent for several other names of Gaelic origin too such as Claffey Glavin and McClave . English: perhaps from a Middle English personal name Hand a possible rhyming pet form of Randall though it could also be a variant of Han (a pet form of Johan John and of Hanry Henry) with excrescent -d.

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

Similar surnames: Hard, Rand, Land, Band, Wand, Sand, Hald, Zand, Han, Hain

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Where is the Hand family from?

You can see how Hand families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Hand family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Hand families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 616 Hand families living in Staffordshire. This was about 17% of all the recorded Hand's in United Kingdom. Staffordshire had the highest population of Hand families in 1891.
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What did your Hand 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 Hand. 10% of Hand men worked as a General Labourer and 70% of Hand women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Hand were Incapacitated 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
  • Joiner
  • Retired
  • Incapacitated

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Housewife
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Incapacitated
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Passenger Lists

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There are 62,000 military records available for the last name Hand. For the veterans among your Hand ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Hand lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Hand life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Hand in 1940 was 57, and 75 in 2004.

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