Main Name Meaning

Scottish: from a reduced form of the Scandinavian personal name Magnus. Scottish: topographic name for a farmer who farmed the main farm on an estate. Scottish, English (of Norman origin), and French: from the Continental Germanic personal name Maino, Meino, a short form of the various compound names with a first element magin ‘strength’, ‘might’. Scottish and English (of Norman origin): regional name for someone from the French province of Maine. Compare Mansell 1. Scottish and English (of Norman origin): nickname for a large man, from Anglo-Norman French magne, maine ‘big’. Scottish, English (of Norman origin), and French: nickname for someone with a deformed or missing hand, from Old French main ‘hand’ (Latin manus).

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


Similar surnames: Bain, Mann, Hain, Mein, Marin, Malin, Mains, Cain, Maine, Maino

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Main Family Origin

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Main Family Occupations

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  • Fisherman

    14%
  • Whitefisher

    4%
  • Farmer

    3%
  • Labourer

    3%

In 1881, Fisherman, Whitefisher and Farmer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Main. A less common occupation for the Main family was Labourer. The most common Main occupation in the UK was Fisherman. 14% of Main's were Fishermans.

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Between 1940 and 2004, Main life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Main in 1940 was 53, and 74 in 2004.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Main

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