Blain Family History

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Blain Name Meaning

Scottish: Anglicized form of the Gaelic personal name Bláán, a diminutive of blá ‘yellow’. This was the name of an early Celtic saint. Scottish: shortened form of MacBlain. Scottish and northern English: nickname for a person suffering from boils, from Middle English blain ‘blister’, ‘pustule’. Variant of Blin, a reduced form of French Belin. Possibly also a reduced form of Abelin, a pet form of Abel.

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

Similar surnames: Bain, Bean, Main, Brain, Lain, Cain, Blair, Bodin, Hain, Belin

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Blain Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Blain name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Blain. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • France


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Blain Family Origin

Where is the Blain family from?

Blain Family Occupations

What did your Blain ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Blain family was Cultivateur Son. The most common Blain occupation in Canada was Cultivateur. 19% of Blain's were Cultivateurs. Cultivateur, Farmer and School were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Blain.

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  • Cultivateur

  • Farmer

  • School

  • Cultivateur Son


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Blain ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Blain Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 63,000 census records available for the last name Blain. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Blain 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 7,000 immigration records available for the last name Blain. 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 Card

There are 7,000 military records available for the last name Blain. For the veterans among your Blain ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Blain Life Expectancy

What is the average Blain lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Blain life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Blain in 1945 was 67, and 76 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Blain 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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