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Spain Surname Meaning

English (Kent) and Irish (Tipperary and Offaly):: of Norman origin a habitational name from Épaignes (Eure) recorded as Hispania in the 12th century. It was probably so named because it was established by colonists from Spain during the Roman Empire. of Norman origin a habitational name from Espinay (Ille-et-Vilaine) in Brittany. The placename derives from Old French espinee a collective form of espine ‘thorn’. nickname for a Spaniard from Middle English Spain(e) ‘Spain’ (Old French Espaigne) or in Ireland a descriptive name for someone who had been to Spain from Gaelic Spáinneach ‘Spanish’. Many Irish Catholics took refuge in Spain during the 17th-century wars.

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


Similar surnames: Swain, Cain, Savin, Stein, Span, Stain, Sain, Pin, Fain, Speir

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Where is the Spain family from?

You can see how Spain families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Spain family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Spain families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 403 Spain families living in Kent. This was about 50% of all the recorded Spain's in United Kingdom. Kent had the highest population of Spain families in 1891.
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What did your Spain 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 Spain. 18% of Spain men worked as a General Labourer and 79% of Spain women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Spain were Milk Roundsman and Private Means. .

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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
    18%
  • Gardener
    11%
  • Motor Driver
    6%
  • Milk Roundsman
    6%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    79%
  • Housewife
    4%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    3%
  • Private Means
    3%
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Census Records

There are 64,000 census records available for the last name Spain. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Spain 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 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Spain. 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 29,000 military records available for the last name Spain. For the veterans among your Spain ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Spain lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Spain life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Spain in 1942 was 42, and 71 in 2004.

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