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Balan Name Meaning

Romanian (Bălan) and Jewish (from Moldova): descriptive nickname from bǎlan ‘blond’ a word of Slavic origin (compare Belan ). Spanish (Balán): possibly from Balán the Spanish form of Balaam the name of a Biblical prophet (Numbers 22-24). French: derivative of baler ‘to dance’ hence probably a nickname for a dancer. This surname is common in Haiti. Czech (Balán): from a shortened and altered form of the personal name Baltazar . Ukrainian: nickname from balan ‘white ox’. Some other Ukrainian families are of Moldovan origin (see 1 above). Jewish (from Lithuania and Latvia): variant of Balon .7: Indian (Kerala Tamil Nadu): from a personal name derived from Sanskrit bāla ‘child’ + the Tamil-Malayalam third-person masculine singular suffix -n. — Note: Since South Indians traditionally do not have hereditary surnames this name was in most cases registered as such only after immigration of its bearers to the US.

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


Similar surnames: Bala, Balas, Belan, Bean, Balay, Kalan, Balon, Bazan, Palan, Blan

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Where is the Balan family from?

You can see how Balan families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Balan family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Balan families were found in USA in 1920. In 1840 there was 1 Balan family living in New York. This was 100% of all the recorded Balan's in USA. New York had the highest population of Balan families in 1840.
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What did your Balan ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Balan. 32% of Balan men worked as a Laborer and 25% of Balan women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Balan were Writer and Laborer. .

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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
    32%
  • Truck Driver
    10%
  • Farmer
    8%
  • Writer
    6%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Maid
    25%
  • Housewife
    25%
  • New Worker
    17%
  • Laborer
    17%
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Passenger Lists

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There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Balan. For the veterans among your Balan ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Balan lifespan?

Between 1964 and 2004, in the United States, Balan life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1979, and highest in 1977. The average life expectancy for Balan in 1964 was 75, and 87 in 2004.

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