Kan Family History
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