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Han Name Meaning

Chinese : from the name of a state of Han, which existed during the early part of the Western Zhou dynasty (1122–771 bc), in present-day Shaanxi province. This was the fief of a younger brother of Cheng Wang, second king of the Zhou dynasty. The state of Han was later annexed by the state of Jin, but the area was enfeoffed by the Jin ruler to Wu Zi, a descendant of Wen Wang. Wu Zi’s descendants eventually adopted the name of the fief as their surname. Korean: there are two Chinese characters for the surname Han. However, one of these characters, meaning ‘China’, is extremely rare (only two households with this surname appeared in a recent census), so only the other will be considered here. Some records indicate that there are 131 clans of the Han family, but only one—the Han family of Ch’ongju, can be documented. Some sources name Han Ran as the founding ancestor of the Han family. Han Ran is recognized as one of the men who assisted the first Koryo king, Wang Kon, in setting up the Koryo kingdom in 918. More recent scholarship, however, postulates that the Ch’ongju Han clan’s founding ancestor was U-P’yong, one of three sons of the fortieth generation descendant of Kija, the founder of the ancient Choson kingdom (died 194 bc). The other two sons, U-song and U-Kyong, founded the Ki clan and the Songan clans, respectively. French: of uncertain origin. In some cases at least it is from a Breton word meaning ‘summer’ or a topographic name from a place named with Gaulish hafod ‘summer residence’. Dutch and Czech (Hán): from a reduced form of the personal name Johann(es) (see John). Jewish: variant of Hahn.

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

Similar surnames: Tan, Pan, Yan, Shan, An, Ham, Fan, Gan, Kan, Man

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You can see how Han families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Han family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Han families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 4 Han families living in North Carolina. This was about 15% of all the recorded Han's in USA. North Carolina and 2 other states had the highest population of Han families in 1840.
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What did your Han ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Han. 23% of Han men worked as a Laborer and 13% of Han women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Han were Clerk and Laundress. .

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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
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Teacher
  • Laborer
  • Clerk
  • Laundress
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Passenger Lists

There are 12,000 immigration records available for the last name Han. 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 12,000 military records available for the last name Han. For the veterans among your Han ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Han lifespan?

Between 1958 and 2004, in the United States, Han life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1960, and highest in 1975. The average life expectancy for Han in 1958 was 65, and 71 in 2004.

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