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Hans Family History

Hans Name Meaning

German and Dutch: from a common and long-established vernacular personal name, an aphetic form of Johannes (see John). The surname is also borne by Ashkenazic Jews, presumably as an adoption of the German or Dutch surname. Indian (Panjab): Hindu (Arora) and Sikh name, from Sanskrit hamsa ‘swan’, ‘goose’, based on the name of an Arora clan.

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


Similar surnames: Han, Hanus, Haas, Hass, Hand, Hann, Jans, Hang, Hahn, Gans

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Where is the Hans family from?

You can see how Hans families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Hans family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Hans families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 8 Hans families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 30% of all the recorded Hans's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Hans families in 1840.
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What did your Hans ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Hans. 14% of Hans men worked as a Laborer and 11% of Hans women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Hans were Clerk and Teacher.

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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
    14%
  • Farmer
    13%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Clerk
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    11%
  • Housekeeper
    6%
  • Stenographer
    6%
  • Teacher
    5%
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Census Records

There are 57,000 census records available for the last name Hans. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Hans 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 11,000 immigration records available for the last name Hans. 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 47,000 military records available for the last name Hans. For the veterans among your Hans ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Hans lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Hans life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1991. The average life expectancy for Hans in 1942 was 42, and 73 in 2004.

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