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Origins of the Dean surname

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What does the name Dean mean?

Dean is an English surname, with Anglo-Saxon roots. It originates from the Old English word for valley, 'denu', which became 'dene' in Middle English. This name would be given to those who came from or lived near a valley, so are naturally more clustered in the more hilly areas of England. There are a number of places in England named similarly, most notably the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire, where a number of people of this name are also thought to have originated.

Alternative variations of the name Dean

Dean, Deane, Deen, Dein, Deine

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Where do most Deans live?

In 1921, most Deans lived in London.

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Interesting facts about Deans

How common is your surname?

166th most common surname in the UK

We have 220,000 records for the Dean surname. The oldest one dates back to 1100.

Who were Deans most likely to marry?




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What are the most common Dean first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

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Common jobs for Deans

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Deans in 1921


Cotton Weaver




Domestic Servant


General Servant Domestic


Common Male occupations for Deans in 1921
General Labourer


Agricultural Labourer


Coal Miner




Farm Labourer


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