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Cairns Name Meaning

Scottish: from Gaelic carn ‘cairn’, a topographic name for someone who lived by a cairn, i.e. a pile of stones raised as a boundary marker or a memorial.

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


Similar surnames: Carne, Cain, Mains, Caird, Cane, Carns, Nairn, Chaires, Cairnes

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Cairns Family Origin

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Cairns Family Occupations

What did your Cairns ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Cairns occupation in Canada was Farmer. 42% of Cairns's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Cairns family was Clerk. Farmer, School and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Cairns.

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  • Farmer

    42%
  • School

    6%
  • Labourer

    4%
  • Clerk

    4%

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

Cairns Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Cairns. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Cairns 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 642 immigration records available for the last name Cairns. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Cairns. For the veterans among your Cairns ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Cairns Life Expectancy

What is the average Cairns lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Cairns life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1946, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Cairns in 1941 was 45, and 80 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Cairns

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Cairns 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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