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Fan Family History

Fan Name Meaning

Chinese : from the name of a place called Fan, which existed during the Zhou dynasty. The Western Zhou dynasty’s penultimate king, Xuan Wang (827–781 bc), executed a direct descendant of the model emperor Yao. The latter’s son fled to the state of Jin, where he became a distinguished general and was granted the area called Fan. His descendants adopted the place name as their surname. Chinese : from a different place of the same period, also written in English as Fan. Zhong Shanfu, a senior adviser to Xuan Wang (827–781 BC), the penultimate king of the Western Zhou dynasty, is considered to have been a major factor in the exceptional success of this king during a period of generally declining authority for the Zhou kings. He was successful in conquering and pacifying tribes to the north, south, and west, and for this service he was granted the area of Fan. His descendants took the place name Fan as their surname.

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

Similar surnames: Fang, Han, Pan, Yan, Tan, Gan, Kan, An, Man, Wan

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

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Fan. 25% of Fan men worked as a Farmer and 14% of Fan women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Fan were Farm Laborer 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

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Farm Laborer

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housekeeper
  • Housewife
  • Teacher
  • Clerk
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Census Records

There are 8,000 census records available for the last name Fan. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Fan 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 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Fan. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Fan. For the veterans among your Fan ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Fan lifespan?

Between 1966 and 2004, in the United States, Fan life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1975, and highest in 1982. The average life expectancy for Fan in 1966 was 80, and 74 in 2004.

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