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Payne Family History

Payne Name Meaning

English: from the Middle English and Old French personal name Pai(e)n Pagen (from Latin Paganus) a fairly common personal name among Normans. It derived from a word that originally meant ‘villager rustic’ later ‘heathen’ but it had doubtless lost these connotations in its use as a late medieval personal name. This name has also been established in Ireland since the 14th century.

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


Similar surnames: Pane, Mayne, Bayne, Pyne, Layne, Hayne, Sayne, Kayne, Rayne, Paine

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Where is the Payne family from?

You can see how Payne families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Payne family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Payne families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1891 there were 5,647 Payne families living in London. This was about 20% of all the recorded Payne's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Payne families in 1891.
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What did your Payne 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 Payne. 6% of Payne men worked as a General Labourer and 65% of Payne women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Payne were Gardener 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
    6%
  • Builders Labourer
    3%
  • Bricklayer
    3%
  • Gardener
    3%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    65%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    3%
  • Housewife
    3%
  • Incapacitated
    2%
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Census Records

There are 1 million census records available for the last name Payne. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Payne census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 83,000 immigration records available for the last name Payne. 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 Cards

There are 155,000 military records available for the last name Payne. For the veterans among your Payne ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Payne lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Payne life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1940, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Payne in 1940 was 31, and 73 in 2004.

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