Last name origins & meanings:

  1. Scottish: from a reduced form of the Scandinavian personal name Magnus.
  2. Scottish: topographic name for a farmer who farmed the main farm on an estate.
  3. Scottish, English (of Norman origin), and French: from the Continental Germanic personal name Maino, Meino, a short form of the various compound names with a first element magin ‘strength’, ‘might’.
  4. Scottish and English (of Norman origin): regional name for someone from the French province of Maine. Compare Mansell 1.
  5. Scottish and English (of Norman origin): nickname for a large man, from Anglo-Norman French magne, maine ‘big’.
  6. Scottish, English (of Norman origin), and French: nickname for someone with a deformed or missing hand, from Old French main ‘hand’ (Latin manus).
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