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Buchanan Name Meaning

Scottish (western Scotland): habitational name from Buchanan in Stirlingshire perhaps named with Gaelic buth chanain ‘house of the canon’. Irish: adopted for Ó Buadhachanáin see Bohannon .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Buchanon, Buchannan, Buchta, Buchan, Buchen, Bucknam, Buchannon

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Where is the Buchanan family from?

You can see how Buchanan families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Buchanan family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Buchanan families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 85 Buchanan families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 19% of all the recorded Buchanan's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Buchanan families in 1840.
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What did your Buchanan ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Buchanan. 17% of Buchanan men worked as a Farmer and 7% of Buchanan women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Buchanan were Truck Driver and Maid. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housekeeper
  • Teacher
  • Housewife
  • Maid
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Census Records

There are 375,000 census records available for the last name Buchanan. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Buchanan census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 59,000 immigration records available for the last name Buchanan. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 74,000 military records available for the last name Buchanan. For the veterans among your Buchanan ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Buchanan lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Buchanan life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Buchanan in 1941 was 40, and 75 in 2004.

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