Lane Family History

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Lane Name Meaning

English: topographic name for someone who lived in a lane, Middle English, Old English lane, originally a narrow way between fences or hedges, later used to denote any narrow pathway, including one between houses in a town. Irish: reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Laighin ‘descendant of Laighean’, a byname meaning ‘spear’, or ‘javelin’. Irish: reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Luain ‘descendant of Luan’, a byname meaning ‘warrior’. Irish: reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Liatháin (see Lehane). Southern French: variant of Laine. Possibly also a variant of Southern French Lande.

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

Similar surnames: Cane, Laine, Land, Dane, Lake, Lance, Lade, Lace, Kane, Line

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Lane Family Origin

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Lane Family Occupations

What did your Lane ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Lane occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 4% of Lane's were Agricultural Labourers. A less common occupation for the Lane family was Carpenter. Agricultural Labourer, Farmer and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Lane.

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  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Farmer

  • Labourer

  • Carpenter


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

Lane Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 1 million census records available for the last name Lane. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Lane 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 93,000 immigration records available for the last name Lane. 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 165,000 military records available for the last name Lane. For the veterans among your Lane ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Lane Life Expectancy

What is the average Lane lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Lane life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Lane in 1941 was 41, and 73 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Lane 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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