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Shahan Name Meaning

Irish: variant of Sheehan . Muslim (Indian subcontinent): from a personal name based on the Persian word shāhān ‘kings’ plural of Shah Shāhān Shāh ‘King of Kings’ was a title used by royalty in Iran before the revolution of 1979.

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

Similar surnames: Shah, Shaheen, Shawhan, Sheahan, Shan, Shehan, Shean, Shahid, Skahan

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Where is the Shahan family from?

You can see how Shahan families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Shahan family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Shahan families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 7 Shahan families living in Virginia. This was about 41% of all the recorded Shahan's in USA. Virginia had the highest population of Shahan families in 1840.
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What did your Shahan ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Shahan. 26% of Shahan men worked as a Farmer and 14% of Shahan women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Shahan were Farming and Bookkeeper. .

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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
  • Farming

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
  • Housekeeper
  • Clerk
  • Bookkeeper
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Census Records

There are 13,000 census records available for the last name Shahan. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Shahan 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Shahan. 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 2,000 military records available for the last name Shahan. For the veterans among your Shahan ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Shahan lifespan?

Between 1956 and 2004, in the United States, Shahan life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 1990. The average life expectancy for Shahan in 1956 was 50, and 70 in 2004.

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