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Gan Family History

Gan Name Meaning

Chinese : although the character for Gan is the same as that in the name of the western province Gansu, the two sources of the surname are not related to that of the province. One source of the surname is Gan Pan, a senior minister to the Shang dynasty king Wu Ding (1324–1266 bc). The other source is a town named Gan in Shaanxi province that was granted to a descendant of Wu Wang (who established the Zhou dynasty in 1122 bc). The grantee’s descendants adopted the place name as their surname. Hispanic (Filipino): unexplained.

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


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

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Where is the Gan family from?

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 the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 8 Gan families living in Tennessee. This was about 47% of all the recorded Gan's in the 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 US 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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Passenger Lists

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Draft Cards

There are 6,000 military records available for the last name Gan. For the veterans among your Gan ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Gan lifespan?

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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