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Kan Name Meaning

Chinese: Mandarin form of the surname 闞 meaning ‘overlook’ in ancient Chinese: habitational name from the placename Kan (阚) the name of a fief (located in present-day Wenshang in Shandong province) granted to Zhi an official in the state of Qi (located mainly in present-day Shandong province) during the Spring and Autumn period (770–476 BC). Chinese: Cantonese form of the surname 簡 see Jian Chinese: alternative Mandarin form of the surnames 甘 and 干 see Gan 1 and Chinese: Cantonese form of the surname 靳 see Jin Chinese: variant Romanization of the surname 鄞 see Yin 6. Cambodian: written កាន់ from a Khmer word meaning ‘to hold something’.7: Turkish: ornamental name from kan ‘descent family’.8: Czech (Káň): from kanit meaning ‘to slobber or slaver’ and by extension ‘to gossip’ hence a nickname for a gossip.9: Czech: variant of Káňa (see Kana ) a nickname meaning ‘buzzard’.10: North German: variant of Kahn . This surname is very rare in Germany.1 Dutch: from Middle Dutch kan(ne) can(ne) ‘tankard flagon pitcher’ hence a metonymic occupational name for a maker of such vessels: potter or a pewterer.1 In some cases possibly also an American shortened form of Dutch Van Kan: habitational name for someone from Kanne in Belgian Limburg.1 Jewish (Ashkenazic): variant of Cohen .

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 USA in 1920. In 1840 there was 1 Kan family living in Ohio. This was about 50% of all the recorded Kan's in 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 USA 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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Passenger Lists

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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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