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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Bain
A bath; a bagnio.

Etymology: F. bain, fr. L. balneum. Cf. Bagnio


From Middle English bain, bayne, bayn, beyn (“direct, prompt”), from Old Norse beinn (“straight, right, favourable, advantageous, convenient, friendly, fair, keen”), from Proto-Germanic *bainaz (“straight”), from Proto-Indo-European *bhei- (“to hit, beat”). Cognate with Scots bein, bien (“in good condition, pleasant, well-to-do, cosy, well-stocked, pleasant, keen”), Icelandic beinn (“straight, direct, hospitable”), Norwegian bein (“straight, direct, easy to deal with”). See also bein.

From Middle English bayne, baine, from Old French bain (“bath”), from Latin balneum (“bath, bath-house”).

  1. (obsolete) A bath.

    bain was also found in the following language(s): French, Irish, and Romansch

    Notable Persons Named Bain

    Bain Boehlke is an actor, artistic director, and theatre artistic director. Bain was born in United States.


    Bain was born on February 25th, 1842. He left this life on November 20th, 1894.


    Notable Persons With the Last Name Bain

    John Bain is a professional esports caster, video game commentator, and video game critic. John was born on July 8th, 1984 in Spennymoor. John is also known as TotalBiscuit, The Cynical Brit, and TotalHalibut.


    Barbara Bain is an actress, former dancer, and model. She was most prominent from 1957 to 1957. Barbara was given the name Millicent Fogel on September 13th, 1931 in Chicago.


    Conrad Bain was an actor. He was most active from 1952 to 1996. Conrad was given the name Conrad Stafford Bain on February 4th, 1923 in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. He breathed his last breath on January 14th, 2013.


    Jimmy Bain was a hard rock, blues rock, and heavy metal music musician. His career lasted from 1974 to 2016. Jimmy was given the name James Stewart Bain on December 19th, 1947 in Newtonmore, Highland, Scotland. He died on January 23rd, 2016.


    Bill Bain is a consultant, management expert, management, and managementexpert. Bill was given the name William Worthington Bain, Jr. in 1937 in Johnson City, Tennessee.


    Alexander Bain was an instrument inventor, technician, and clockmaker. Alexander was born in 1811 in Watten, Caithness, Scotland. He breathed his last breath on January 2nd, 1877.


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    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Bain U.S.
      White 84.59% 64.26%
      African American 9.08% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.08% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 1.02% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 1.87% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 2.37% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Bain

    People with the last name Bain are most frequently White

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    Fun Facts about the name Bain

    • How Popular is the name Bain? Bain is the 23,231st most popular name of all time. As a last name Bain was the 2,082nd most popular name in 2010.
    • How many people with the first name Bain have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 265 babies born with the first name Bain in the United States. That's more than enough people named Bain to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
    • What year were 5 or more babies first named Bain? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1918 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
    • When was Bain first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Bain is Monday, May 31st, 1875.
    • What year had the most people named Bain born? The highest recorded use of the first name Bain was in 2013 with a total of 25 babies.
    • Weird things about the name Bain: Your name in reverse order is Niab. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Abni. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Bain? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 17,371 people with the last name Bain.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Bain? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 6 of them will have Bain as their last name.

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    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
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