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Jan Family History

Jan Name Meaning

Dutch, Danish, North German, English, Polish, etc.; Czech and Slovak (Ján): from the personal name Jan, a vernacular form of Latin Johannes (see John). Slovenian: from a pet form of the personal name Janez (see John). Muslim: unexplained. Chinese : variant of Zhan.

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


Similar surnames: Jahn, Van, Jans, Han, Jank, Janz, Ban, Pan, Kan, Man

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Where is the Jan family from?

You can see how Jan families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Jan family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1841 and 1920. The most Jan families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 16 Jan families living in California. This was about 34% of all the recorded Jan's in the USA. California had the highest population of Jan families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Jan surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Jan ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Seamstress were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Jan. 22% of Jan men worked as a Laborer and 24% of Jan women worked as a Seamstress. Some less common occupations for Americans named Jan were Truck Driver and Saleslady.

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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
    22%
  • Farmer
    16%
  • Butcher
    9%
  • Truck Driver
    8%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Seamstress
    24%
  • Housewife
    16%
  • Maid
    16%
  • Saleslady
    16%
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Census Records

There are 8,000 census records available for the last name Jan. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Jan 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 10,000 immigration records available for the last name Jan. 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 2,000 military records available for the last name Jan. For the veterans among your Jan ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Jan lifespan?

Between 1952 and 2004, in the United States, Jan life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 1975. The average life expectancy for Jan in 1952 was 49, and 65 in 2004.

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