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Origins of the Main surname

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About the Mains

We have a total number of 49572 records for people with the last name Main.

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Where do most Mains live?

In 1921, most Mains lived in London.

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Interesting facts about Mains

How common is your surname?

You have a rare surname! It's not in the top 1000 UK surnames!

We have 40,000 records for the Main surname. The oldest one dates back to 1300.

Who were Mains most likely to marry?




Our Marriage record sets tell us which families married Mains.

What are the most common Main first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Margaret

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

Common jobs for Mains

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

Common Female occupations for Mains in 1921
Domestic Servant




Fisherman Wife


Fishermans Wife


General Serv


Common Male occupations for Mains in 1921




White Fisher


Coal Miner




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