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Spain Name Meaning

(of Norman origin): habitational name from Épaignes in Eure, recorded in the Latin form Hispania in the 12th century. It seems to have been so called because it was established by colonists from Spain during the Roman Empire. (of Norman origin): habitational name from Espinay in Ille-et-Vilaine, Brittany, so called from a collective of Old French espine ‘thorn bush’. ethnic name for a Spaniard or, in the case of the Irish name, for someone returning from Spain (from Gaelic Spainneach ‘Spanish’); many Irish took refuge in Spain during the 17th century wars.

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

Similar surnames: Swain, Cain, Savin, Stein, Span, Stain, Sain, Pin, Fain, Speir

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Spain Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Spain name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Norway


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Spain Family Origin

Where is the Spain family from?

Spain Family Occupations

What did your Spain ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Spain occupation in Canada was Clerk. 13% of Spain's were Clerks. A less common occupation for the Spain family was Merchant Printer. Clerk, Farmer and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Spain.

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  • Clerk

  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Merchant Printer


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

Spain Historical Records

What Spain family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 64,000 census records available for the last name Spain. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Spain 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 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Spain. 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 29,000 military records available for the last name Spain. For the veterans among your Spain ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Spain Life Expectancy

What is the average Spain lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Spain life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Spain in 1942 was 42, and 71 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Spain 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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