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Kan Name Meaning

Chinese : spelling variant of Jian. Chinese : from the name of a place called Kan which existed during the Spring and Autumn period (722–481 bc) in the state of Lu, in present-day Shandong province. Some residents adopted the place name as their surname. Chinese : variant of Gan 1. Czech (Kán): from kanit meaning ‘to slobber or slaver’ and by extension ‘to gossip’, hence a nickname for a gossip. Czech: nickname from káne ‘buzzard’. German: derivative of the personal name Konrad. Jewish (Ashkenazic): one of the many forms of Cohen. Dutch: from Middle Dutch kan(ne), can(ne) ‘tankard’, ‘flagon’, ‘pitcher’, hence a metonymic occupational name for a maker of such vessels: a potter or a pewterer. Reduced form of Dutch van de Kan: habitational name for someone from De Kan in Veurne or a place called Kanne.

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


Similar surnames: Pan, Kam, Han, Yan, Man, Kann, Ban, Wan, Fan, Van

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You can see how Kan families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Kan family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Kan families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there was 1 Kan family living in Ohio. This was about 50% of all the recorded Kan's in the USA. Ohio and 1 other state had the highest population of Kan families in 1840.
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What did your Kan ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and New Worker were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Kan. 19% of Kan men worked as a Farmer and 30% of Kan women worked as a New Worker. Some less common occupations for Americans named Kan were Manager 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

  • Farmer
    19%
  • Laborer
    18%
  • Salesman
    10%
  • Manager
    9%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • New Worker
    30%
  • Teacher
    24%
  • Stenographer
    12%
  • Saleslady
    12%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 9,000 immigration records available for the last name Kan. 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 22,000 military records available for the last name Kan. For the veterans among your Kan ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Kan lifespan?

Between 1963 and 2004, in the United States, Kan life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1966, and highest in 1980. The average life expectancy for Kan in 1963 was 81, and 63 in 2004.

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