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Gain Name Meaning

English and Scottish (of Norman origin): nickname for a cunning person from Engaine which is based on Old French engaigne ‘ingenuity cunning trickery’. English: habitiational name from any of various places called after the Engain family including Colne Engaine and Gaynes Park (Essex) d'Engaine's Farm (Cambridgeshire) and Aston Ingham (Hereford). Engaine (see 1 above) was the name of a powerful Norman family with lands in several counties. The original form of the surname has since died out surviving as Gain and its variants. There has also been considerable confusion with Ingham . French: nickname from a noun derivative of Old French gaainier ‘to obtain gain win’.

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

Similar surnames: Dain, Rain, Wain, Gin, Lain, Gains, Gail, Cain, Fain, Gavin

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Where is the Gain family from?

You can see how Gain families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Gain family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Gain families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 33 Gain families living in Quebec. This was about 38% of all the recorded Gain's in Canada. Quebec had the highest population of Gain families in 1911.
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What did your Gain ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Gain. 43% of Gain men worked as a Farmer and 50% of Gain women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Gain were Clerk and Clerk. .

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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
  • Laborer
  • Janitor
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Housekeeper
  • Clerk
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What is the average Gain lifespan?

Between 1946 and 2004, in the United States, Gain life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 1964. The average life expectancy for Gain in 1946 was 52, and 79 in 2004.

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