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Kann Name Meaning

German, Danish, and Jewish (Ashkenazic): from Middle High German, Middle Low German, Danish kanne, German Kanne ‘jug’, ‘flagon’ (Latin canna), hence a metonymic occupational name for a maker or seller of jugs, or in some cases possibly a habitational name for someone who lived at a house or tavern distinguished by the sign of a flagon. German (Austria): from a short form of the personal name Candidus. Jewish (Ashkenazic): one of the many forms of Cohen.

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


Similar surnames: Kan, Mann, Gann, Pann, Kahn, Kinn, Bann, Dann, Wann, Rann

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Where is the Kann family from?

You can see how Kann families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Kann family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Kann families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 2 Kann families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 50% of all the recorded Kann's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Kann families in 1840.
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What did your Kann ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Salesman and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Kann. 19% of Kann men worked as a Salesman and 13% of Kann women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Kann were Proprietor 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

  • Salesman
    19%
  • Farmer
    19%
  • Laborer
    10%
  • Proprietor
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
    13%
  • Housewife
    9%
  • Housekeeper
    7%
  • Saleslady
    6%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Kann. 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 34,000 military records available for the last name Kann. For the veterans among your Kann ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Kann lifespan?

Between 1952 and 2004, in the United States, Kann life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Kann in 1952 was 53, and 74 in 2004.

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