|Subject:||Re: What does my last name mean?|
|Author:||Andy (guest, 188.8.131.52)|
|Date:||October 3, 2004 at 2:54:54 PM|
|Reply to:||Re: What does my last name mean? by Andrew Bean|
According to the Oxford Dictionary of Surnames, there are several possible derivations of your name:
1. an original nickname from Middle English "bene" (pleasant, genial, kindly"
2. a grower or seller of beans
3. "Or we may have reference to the Twelfth-night custom when the man in whose portion of the cake the bean was found, was appointed king of the company"
4. "The Scottish Bean is from Gealic 'beathan', a deminutive of 'betha, beatha', 'life'
So make you choice
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