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Lan Family History

Lan Name Meaning

Chinese : from a place named Lan-tian (meaning ‘blue field’) in Guangdong province. Polish (Lan): perhaps from the vocabulary word lan ‘plowland’, ‘soil’. Polish (Lan): alternatively, perhaps a nickname from a derivative of lania ‘hind’, ‘doe’.

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


Similar surnames: Han, Pan, Kan, Lin, Gan, Lang, Lam, Len, Lal, Lai

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Where is the Lan family from?

You can see how Lan families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Lan family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Lan families were found in USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 2 Lan families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 25% of all the recorded Lan's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Lan families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Lan surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Lan ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Lan. 20% of Lan men worked as a Farmer and 10% of Lan women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Lan were Carpenter and Waitress. .

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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
    20%
  • Laborer
    20%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Carpenter
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
    10%
  • Housekeeper
    10%
  • Stenographer
    9%
  • Waitress
    9%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 20,000 immigration records available for the last name Lan. 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 12,000 military records available for the last name Lan. For the veterans among your Lan ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Lan lifespan?

Between 1966 and 2004, in the United States, Lan life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1988, and highest in 1992. The average life expectancy for Lan in 1966 was 76, and 88 in 2004.

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