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Degan Name Meaning

Altered form of German and Dutch Degen . French Canadian: variant of Deganne itself an altered form with fused preposition de ‘of from’ of Gane . Italian (Veneto) and southern French: from Venetian degan Occitan decan ‘dean’ probably denoting someone in the service of a dean. See also Dean . Romanian: probably of Turkish origin of unexplained etymology.

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

Similar surnames: Dean, Deman, Degn, Degen, Delay, Began, Deland, Duman, Degon, Deger

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Where is the Degan family from?

You can see how Degan families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Degan family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Degan families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 3 Degan families living in New York. This was about 38% of all the recorded Degan's in USA. New York had the highest population of Degan families in 1840.
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What did your Degan ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Degan. 19% of Degan men worked as a Laborer and 15% of Degan women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Degan were Manager 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
  • Clerk
  • Farmer
  • Manager

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Teacher
  • Stenographer
  • Bookkeeper
  • Clerk
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Passenger Lists

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Degan. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Degan. For the veterans among your Degan ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Degan lifespan?

Between 1963 and 2004, in the United States, Degan life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1970, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Degan in 1963 was 71, and 82 in 2004.

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