Last name origins & meanings:
- Scottish: nickname for a fair-haired person, from Gaelic
bàn ‘white’, ‘fair’. This is a common name in the Highlands,
first recorded in Perth in 1324.
- Northern English: nickname meaning ‘bone’,
probably bestowed on an exceptionally tall, lean man, from Old English
bān ‘bone’. In northern Middle English -ā- was
preserved, whereas in southern dialects (which later became standard),
it was changed to -ō-.
- Northern English: nickname for a
hospitable person, from northern Middle English beyn,
bayn ‘welcoming’, ‘friendly’ (Old Norse beinn
- English and French: metonymic
occupational name for an attendant at a public bath house, from Middle
English, Old French baine ‘bath’.
- French: topographic name
for someone who lived by a Roman bath, from Old French baine
‘bath’ or a habitational name from a place in Ille-et-Vilaine, named
with this word.
- Possibly an altered spelling of North German
- George Luke Scobie Bain (1836–91) was born in Stirling,
Scotland. He ran away to sea and successively lived and worked in
Portland, ME, Chicago, and St. Louis, where he was a miller and flour
merchant and a very prominent citizen.
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