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Chovan Name Meaning

Czech and Slovak: nickname for a foster child, chovan, a derivative of the verb chovat ‘to bring up’.

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


Similar surnames: Hovan, Chovanec, Holan, Chopin, Havran, Coven, Choma, Chrzan, Chaban

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Where is the Chovan family from?

You can see how Chovan families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Chovan family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1891 and 1920. The most Chovan families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1920 there were 7 Chovan families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 13% of all the recorded Chovan's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Chovan families in 1920.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Chovan surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Chovan ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housework were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Chovan. 35% of Chovan men worked as a Laborer and 34% of Chovan women worked as a Housework. Some less common occupations for Americans named Chovan were Retired and Seamstress.

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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
    35%
  • Farmer
    19%
  • Machinist
    8%
  • Retired
    8%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housework
    34%
  • Machine Operator
    23%
  • Housekeeper
    23%
  • Seamstress
    23%
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Census Records

There are 1,000 census records available for the last name Chovan. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Chovan 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 552 immigration records available for the last name Chovan. 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 558 military records available for the last name Chovan. For the veterans among your Chovan ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Chovan lifespan?

Between 1954 and 2004, in the United States, Chovan life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1954, and highest in 1967. The average life expectancy for Chovan in 1954 was 43, and 75 in 2004.

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