Kahn Family History

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Kahn Name Meaning

North German: occupational name for a bargee, from Low German kane ‘boat’. German: from a short form of the Germanic personal name Cagano, itself a short form of a personal name formed with gagan, gegen ‘against’. Jewish (Ashkenazic): one of the many variants of Cohen.

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

Similar surnames: Kann, Kuhn, Hahn, Kan, Kaun, Kohn, Fahn, Jahn, Ahn, Bahn

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Kahn Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Kahn name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Kahn. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • European Jewish


  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Kahn Family Origin

Where is the Kahn family from?

Kahn Family Occupations

What did your Kahn ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Kahn occupation in the USA was Farmer. 14% of Kahn's were Farmers. Farmer, Keeping House and Merchant were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Kahn. A less common occupation for the Kahn family was Butcher.

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Merchant

  • Butcher


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Kahn ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Kahn Historical Records

What Kahn family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 66,000 census records available for the last name Kahn. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Kahn 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 42,000 immigration records available for the last name Kahn. 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 15,000 military records available for the last name Kahn. For the veterans among your Kahn ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Kahn Life Expectancy

What is the average Kahn lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Kahn life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1941. The average life expectancy for Kahn in 1941 was 100, and 81 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Kahn

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Kahn ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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