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Guan Name Meaning

Chinese : from a character meaning ‘mountain pass’ or ‘guarded passage’. This formed part of the title of an official in charge of guarding strategic passes. Descendants of one such official are known to have adopted the character as their surname. Another source is Guan Longfeng, a senior official during the Xia dynasty (2205–1766 bc). Chinese : from the name of the short-lived state of Guan created when the Zhou dynasty was established in 1122 bc. The third son of Wen Wang, Guan Shu, was granted this state. He soon betrayed his family’s trust, however, by allying himself, along with two of his brothers, with the descendants of the Shang dynasty that the Zhou had just displaced. This rebellion was put down and Guan Shu was killed. His clan dispersed, but some descendants later adopted the name Guan as their surname. The character for this name also means ‘tube’ or ‘pipe’ and ‘manage’.

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


Similar surnames: Quan, Gan, Yuan, Ruan, Duan, Ban, Gunn, Huang, Kuan, Guin

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Guan Family Origin

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Guan Family Occupations

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In 1880, Farmer and Miners Cook were the top 2 reported jobs worked by Guan. The most common Guan occupation in the USA was Farmer. 67% of Guan's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

    67%
  • Miners Cook

    33%

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Guan Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Guan. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Guan census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 642 immigration records available for the last name Guan. 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 Card

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

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Guan Life Expectancy

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Between 1966 and 2004, in the United States, Guan life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1988, and highest in 1996. The average life expectancy for Guan in 1966 was 75, and 82 in 2004.

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