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Buchanan Family History

Buchanan Name Meaning
Scottish: habitational name from Buchanan, a place near Loch Lomond, perhaps named with Gaelic buth chanain ‘house of the canon’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

2,547,898 Historical Documents with Buchanan on Ancestry.com
457,369 Birth, Marriage, and Deaths
70,293 Military Records
52,908 Immigration Records
350,471 Census and Voter Lists
1,616,857 Member Trees

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Name Distribution of Buchanan Families

  • Number of Buchanan families
     292 - 581
     98 - 291
     1 - 97
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Buchanan families
     185 - 368
     62 - 184
     1 - 61
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Buchanan families
     1,318 - 2,633
     440 - 1,317
     1 - 439
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Buchanan Family Origin

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Buchanan Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Buchanan

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Buchanan Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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Buchanan Civil War Service Records

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