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Coan Family History

Coan Name Meaning

Irish: reduced form of McCoan, an Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Comhdhain or Mac Comhghain ‘son of Comhdhan’, a personal name of unexplained meaning. Possibly an altered spelling of Jewish Cohen or German and Jewish Kohn.

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


Similar surnames: Cohan, Coon, Corn, Cogan, Govan, Carn, Moan, Roan, Coen, Coln

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Where is the Coan family from?

You can see how Coan families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Coan family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Coan families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 14 Coan families living in New York. This was about 27% of all the recorded Coan's in USA. New York had the highest population of Coan families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Coan surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Coan ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Coan. 19% of Coan men worked as a Farmer and 10% of Coan women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Coan were Truck Driver and Stenographer. .

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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
    19%
  • Laborer
    12%
  • Salesman
    8%
  • Truck Driver
    5%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Teacher
    10%
  • Housewife
    9%
  • Secretary
    8%
  • Stenographer
    7%
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Census Records

There are 21,000 census records available for the last name Coan. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Coan 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Coan. 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 5,000 military records available for the last name Coan. For the veterans among your Coan ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Coan lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Coan life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 1990. The average life expectancy for Coan in 1941 was 41, and 79 in 2004.

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