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Gan Name Meaning

Chinese: Mandarin form of the surname 甘 meaning ‘sweet pleasant’ in Chinese: (i) from the personal name of Gan Pan (甘盤) a high official during the reign of King Wu Ding (died 1192 BC) in the Shang dynasty. (ii) from Gan (甘) the name of an ancient state (located in present-day Shaanxi province) during the Xia dynasty (2070–1600 BC). (iii) from Gan (甘) the name of a fief (located in present-day Luoyang in Henan province) granted to Dai who was known as Gan Zhao Gong (甘昭公 Duke Zhao of Gan) son of King Xiang of Zhou (died 619 BC). Chinese: Mandarin form of the surname 干 meaning ‘shield’ in ancient Chinese: (i) from the personal name of Gan Chou (干犨) an official in the state of Song (located in present-day Shangqiu in Henan province) during the Spring and Autumn period (770–476 BC). (ii) from the placename Gan (邗) the name of a fief (located in present-day Yangzhou in Jiangsu province) that was granted to the son of King Wu of Zhou (c. 1087–1043 BC). When the placename was adopted as a surname people simplified the Chinese character 邗 to 干 which has the same pronunciation. (iii) from the placename Gan Sui (干隧) (located in present-day Wuxian in Jiangsu province). (iv) from the He Gan (紇干) family of the Xianbei ethnic group in northern China who changed their original surname to 干 during the Northern Wei dynasty (386–534 AD). (v) from the compound surname Gan-Lei (干類) said to be originally the name of an ancient state (unknown location) prior to the Xia dynasty (2070–1600 BC). Chinese: alternative Cantonese form of the surname 簡 see Jian Chinese: variant Romanization of the surname 嚴 and 顏 possibly based on their Hokkien pronunciations see Yan 1 and Filipino: of Chinese origin variant Romanization of the surname 嚴 (see 4 above). Irish: from Mag Gana see McGann .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022


Similar surnames: Han, Tan, Yan, Guan, Pan, Fan, Man, An, Wan, Kan

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You can see how Gan families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Gan family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Gan families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 8 Gan families living in Tennessee. This was about 47% of all the recorded Gan's in USA. Tennessee had the highest population of Gan families in 1840.
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What did your Gan ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Waitress were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Gan. 31% of Gan men worked as a Laborer and 16% of Gan women worked as a Waitress. Some less common occupations for Americans named Gan were Carpenter 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
    31%
  • Farmer
    17%
  • Salesman
    9%
  • Carpenter
    7%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Waitress
    16%
  • Proprietor
    12%
  • Machine Operator
    12%
  • Seamstress
    12%
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Between 1953 and 2004, in the United States, Gan life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 1970. The average life expectancy for Gan in 1953 was 39, and 81 in 2004.

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