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Origins of the Lane surname

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What does the name Lane mean?

The Lane surname is English, and is believed to have Old English heritage. It is common throughout the country, with topographical etymology. It was a name given to people who lived on narrow rural roads (Lanes) and their descendants.

Alternative variations of the name Lane

Lane, Laine, Lain, Layne, Layn

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Where do most Lanes live?

In 1921, most Lanes lived in London.

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Interesting facts about Lanes

How common is your surname?

131st most common surname in the UK

We have 216,000 records for the Lane surname. The oldest one dates back to 1196.

Who were Lanes most likely to marry?




Our Marriage record sets tell us which families married Lanes.

What are the most common Lane first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

Our birth record sets tell us the names of Lane family members

Common jobs for Lanes

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

Common Female occupations for Lanes in 1921




Domestic Servant


General Servant Domestic


General Servant


Common Male occupations for Lanes in 1921
Agricultural Labourer




General Labourer


Farm Labourer




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