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Guan Name Meaning

Chinese:: Mandarin form of the surname 關 meaning ‘forts’ in ancient Chinese: (i) borne by descendants of Guan Long Feng (關龍逢) an official who lived during the reign of Xia Jie the last king of the Xia dynasty (2070–1600 BC). (ii) from the first element of the post name Guan Ling Yin (關令尹) or Guan Yin (關尹) said to have been held by a man called Xi who was in charge of garrisoning forts during the Western Zhou dynasty (1046–771 BC). Mandarin form of the surname 管 meaning ‘manage administer’ in Chinese: (i) from Guan (管) the name of a state (located in Zhengzhou in Henan province) which was granted to Guan Shu Xian (管叔鮮) the third son of the virtuous King Wen of Zhou (1152–1056 BC). Guan Shu Xian was later killed because he participated in a rebellion against the king. The name of state was subsequently adopted as a surname. (ii) borne by descendants of Guan Zhong (管仲) also called Guan Yiwu (管夷吾) a famous politician in the state of Qi during the Spring and Autumn period (770–476 BC). Mandarin form of the surname 官 meaning ‘official’ in Chinese: (i) from the first element of the post name Guan Shi (官師) head of officials hosted by Duke Ding of Liu an official during the Western Zhou dynasty (1046–771 BC). (ii) borne by the Guan Zu (官族) i.e. descendants of those officials who had made such great contributions to the state that their granted fiefs and titles would be kept forever. Mandarin form of the surname 灌 meaning 'irrigate' in Chinese: from the second element of Chen Guan (斟灌) the name of an ancient state (located in present-day Shangdong province) during the Xia dynasty (2070–1600 BC). variant Romanization of the surname 阮 see Ruan Teochew or Hokkien form of the surname 顏 see Yan 7: variant Romanization of the surname 袁 see Yuan

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


Similar surnames: Quan, Gan, Yuan, Ruan, Duan, Ban, Gunn, Huang, Kuan, Guin

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You can see how Guan families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Guan family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1841 and 1920. The most Guan families were found in USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 7 Guan families living in California. This was about 37% of all the recorded Guan's in USA. California and 1 other state had the highest population of Guan families in 1880.
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What did your Guan ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and New Worker were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Guan. 18% of Guan men worked as a Laborer and 40% of Guan women worked as a New Worker. Some less common occupations for Americans named Guan were Salesman and Housewife. .

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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

  • Laborer
    18%
  • Farmer
    12%
  • Cook
    12%
  • Salesman
    12%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • New Worker
    40%
  • Clerk
    20%
  • Nurse
    20%
  • Housewife
    20%
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What is the average Guan lifespan?

Between 1966 and 2004, in the United States, Guan life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1988, and highest in 1996. The average life expectancy for Guan in 1966 was 75, and 82 in 2004.

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