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Guan Family History

Guan Name Meaning
Chinese : from a character meaning ‘mountain pass’ or ‘guarded passage’. This formed part of the title of an official in charge of guarding strategic passes. Descendants of one such official are known to have adopted the character as their surname. Another source is Guan Longfeng, a senior official during the Xia dynasty (2205–1766 bc).Chinese : from the name of the short-lived state of Guan created when the Zhou dynasty was established in 1122 bc. The third son of Wen Wang, Guan Shu, was granted this state. He soon betrayed his family’s trust, however, by allying himself, along with two of his brothers, with the descendants of the Shang dynasty that the Zhou had just displaced. This rebellion was put down and Guan Shu was killed. His clan dispersed, but some descendants later adopted the name Guan as their surname. The character for this name also means ‘tube’ or ‘pipe’ and ‘manage’.

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

9,413 Historical Documents with Guan on Ancestry.com
3,632 Birth, Marriage, and Deaths
462 Military Records
984 Immigration Records
3,226 Census and Voter Lists
1,109 Member Trees

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Name Distribution of Guan Families

  • Number of Guan families
     8 - 14
     3 - 7
     1 - 2
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Guan families
     4 - 5
     2 - 3
     1
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Guan families
     3 - 2
     2 - 2
     1
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Guan Family Origin

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Guan Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Guan

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Guan Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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