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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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Where is the Kahn family from?

You can see how Kahn families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Kahn family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1840 and 1920. The most Kahn families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 5 Kahn families living in Ohio. This was about 50% of all the recorded Kahn's in the USA. Ohio had the highest population of Kahn families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Kahn surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Kahn ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Salesman and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Kahn. 19% of Kahn men worked as a Salesman and 8% of Kahn women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Kahn were Manager and Housewife.

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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

  • Salesman
    19%
  • Clerk
    6%
  • Proprietor
    5%
  • Manager
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
    8%
  • Clerk
    8%
  • Saleslady
    7%
  • Housewife
    7%
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Census Records

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 Lists

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 Cards

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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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.

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