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Buchan Name Meaning

Scottish: regional name from a district north of Aberdeen. There was also a barony of Buchquane in Strathore, Fife, a settlement called Buchan in Kirkcudbrightshire, and several other places in Scotland so named, but these are less likely to be the source of the surname.

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

Similar surnames: Buchen, Burcham, Buche, Buchanan, Buchta, Chan, Bachand, Burham

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Where is the Buchan family from?

You can see how Buchan families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Buchan family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Buchan families were found in and Scotland in 1841. In 1840 there were 7 Buchan families living in New York. This was about 44% of all the recorded Buchan's in USA. New York had the highest population of Buchan families in 1840.
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What did your Buchan ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Buchan. 14% of Buchan men worked as a Laborer and 16% of Buchan women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Buchan were Clerk and Clerk. .

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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
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
  • Stenographer
  • Maid
  • Clerk
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 14,000 immigration records available for the last name Buchan. 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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There are 8,000 military records available for the last name Buchan. For the veterans among your Buchan ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Buchan lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Buchan life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Buchan in 1941 was 48, and 77 in 2004.

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