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Hand Name Meaning

English and German: nickname for someone with a deformed hand or who had lost one hand, from Middle English hand, Middle High German hant, found in such appellations as Liebhard mit der Hand (Augsburg 1383). Jewish (Ashkenazic): nickname from German Hand ‘hand’ (see 1). Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Flaithimh (see Guthrie), resulting from an erroneous association of the Gaelic name with the Gaelic word lámh ‘hand’. It is used as an English equivalent for several other names of Gaelic origin too, e.g. Claffey, Glavin, and McClave. Dutch: from a variant of hont ‘dog’, ‘hound’, either a derogatory nickname, or a habitational name for someone living at a house distinguished by the sign of a dog.

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


Similar surnames: Hard, Rand, Land, Band, Wand, Sand, Hald, Zand, Han, Hain

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Where is the Hand family from?

You can see how Hand families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Hand family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Hand families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 258 Hand families living in Ontario. This was about 65% of all the recorded Hand's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Hand families in 1911.
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What did your Hand ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Hand. 34% of Hand men worked as a Farmer and 29% of Hand women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Hand were Labourer and Bookkeeper.

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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
    34%
  • Laborer
    12%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Labourer
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Stenographer
    29%
  • Teacher
    15%
  • Operator
    15%
  • Bookkeeper
    15%
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Passenger Lists

There are 18,000 immigration records available for the last name Hand. 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 62,000 military records available for the last name Hand. For the veterans among your Hand ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Hand lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Hand life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Hand in 1940 was 57, and 75 in 2004.

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