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Can Name Meaning

Spanish: nickname from Spanish can, a synonym of perro ‘hound’. French: descriptive nickname for a gray-haired man, Latin canutus. Compare Canuel, Cano. Muslim: variant of Khan. Vietnamese: unexplained.

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


Similar surnames: Cap, Cane, Cal, Pan, Cano, Cain, Cao, Chan, Jan, Van

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Where is the Can family from?

You can see how Can families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Can family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Can families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 5 Can families living in Tennessee. This was about 25% of all the recorded Can's in the USA. Tennessee had the highest population of Can families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Can surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Can ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Can. 29% of Can men worked as a Farmer and 21% of Can women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Can were Farming and Housework.

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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
    29%
  • Laborer
    23%
  • Salesman
    8%
  • Farming
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
    21%
  • Teacher
    11%
  • Housewife
    10%
  • Housework
    10%
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What Can family records will you find?

Census Records

There are 26,000 census records available for the last name Can. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Can 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 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Can. 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 67,000 military records available for the last name Can. For the veterans among your Can ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Can lifespan?

Between 1966 and 2003, in the United States, Can life expectancy was at its lowest point in 2002, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Can in 1966 was 73, and 75 in 2003.

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