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Thain Name Meaning

Scottish (Aberdeenshire and Banffshire) and English (East Anglia): status name from Middle English and Older Scots thein theyn ‘thane’ (Old English and Old Norse thegn) for a person of high social rank a noble retainer a warrior or a senior government officer. Compare Knight . In Scotland in the later Middle Ages the term was used to denote someone who held land directly from the king. Sometimes also from the Old Norse personal name Thegn derived from the same word.

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

Similar surnames: Hain, Train, Main, Cain, Hair, Shan, Chain, Trail, Chapin, Thurn

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Where is the Thain family from?

You can see how Thain families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Thain family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Thain families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1911 there were 32 Thain families living in Ontario. This was about 43% of all the recorded Thain's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Thain families in 1911.
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What did your Thain ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Thain. 40% of Thain men worked as a Farmer and 100% of Thain women worked as a Stenographer. .

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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
  • Bookkeeper
  • Pension
  • Fisherman

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Stenographer
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Passenger Lists

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Thain. 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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There are 2,000 military records available for the last name Thain. For the veterans among your Thain ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Thain lifespan?

Between 1950 and 2004, in the United States, Thain life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1954, and highest in 1994. The average life expectancy for Thain in 1950 was 51, and 80 in 2004.

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