Mains Family History

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Mains Name Meaning

Scottish and northern English: topographic name for a dweller at the chief farm (or home farm) on an estate, Scottish mains, or a habitational name from any of the various minor places named with this word (originally a shortened form of domain, later associated with the adjective main ‘principal’). English and Scottish: variant of Main 1–4.

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

Similar surnames: Main, Maine, Bains, Maines, Mais, Mayne, Maino, Magnus, Makin, Fain

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Mains Family Origin

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Mains Family Occupations

What did your Mains ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Mains. 2% of Mains men worked as a General Labourer and 60% of Mains women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Mains were Bank Offical (retired) and House Wife

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Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Analyttial Shemeas bar
  • Bakery Factory Ahnd
  • Bank Offical (retired)

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Charwoman
  • Waitress
  • House Wife

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Mains Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 29,000 census records available for the last name Mains. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Mains 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 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Mains. 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 8,000 military records available for the last name Mains. For the veterans among your Mains ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Mains Life Expectancy

What is the average Mains lifespan?

Between 1948 and 2004, in the United States, Mains life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Mains in 1948 was 63, and 74 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Mains

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Mains 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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