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Bean Name Meaning

English: metonymic occupational name for a grower or seller of beans, from Old English bean ‘beans’ (a collective singular). Occasionally it may have been applied as a nickname for a someone considered of little importance. English: nickname for a pleasant person, from Middle English bene ‘friendly’, ‘amiable’ (of unknown origin; there is apparently no connection with Bain or Bon). Scottish: Anglicized form of the Gaelic personal name Beathán, a diminutive of beatha ‘life’. Translation of German Bohne, or an altered spelling of Biehn. See also Bihn. Mistranslation of French Lefevre. As the vocabulary word fèvre ‘smith’ was replaced by forgeron, the meaning of the old word became opaque, and the surname was reinterpreted as if it were La fève, from fève ‘(fava) bean’. Lefevre is the most common name in French Canada; great numbers of them migrated to the US, where many adopted the name Bean, in the belief that it was a translation of Lefèvre. See also Lafave.

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

Similar surnames: Beal, Dean, Bear, Ban, Lean, Behan, Benn, Beam, Hearn, Been

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Where is the Bean family from?

You can see how Bean families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Bean family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Bean families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 228 Bean families living in Ontario. This was about 46% of all the recorded Bean's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Bean families in 1911.
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What did your Bean ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Income were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Bean. 40% of Bean men worked as a Farmer and 20% of Bean women worked as an Income. Some less common occupations for Americans named Bean were Income and Housekeeper.

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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 1921

  • Farmer
  • Labourer
  • Laborer
  • Income

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Income
  • Clerk
  • Student
  • Housekeeper
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Census Records

There are 276,000 census records available for the last name Bean. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Bean 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 20,000 immigration records available for the last name Bean. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 44,000 military records available for the last name Bean. For the veterans among your Bean ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Bean lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Bean life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 1952. The average life expectancy for Bean in 1944 was 45, and 74 in 2004.

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