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Lian Name Meaning

Norwegian: habitational name from any of numerous farmsteads in Trøndelag, named with the definite plural form of Li 4. Chinese : the main source of this surname is Lian Cheng, a senior minister for the state of Qi, located in present-day Shandong province. Chinese : the name Lian is found in traditional accounts as long as 4500 years ago, part of the name of a descendant of the legendary emperors Huang Di and Zhuan Xu. Later descendants adopted Lian as their surname.

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


Similar surnames: Lien, Lia, Qian, Liang, Jian, Lier, Linn, Xiang, Ban, Xin

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Where is the Lian family from?

You can see how Lian families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Lian family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1841 and 1920. The most Lian families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 5 Lian families living in Michigan. This was about 71% of all the recorded Lian's in the USA. Michigan had the highest population of Lian families in 1880.
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What did your Lian ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and New Worker were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Lian. 34% of Lian men worked as a Farmer and 25% of Lian women worked as a New Worker. Some less common occupations for Americans named Lian were Fisherman and Housekeeper.

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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
    34%
  • Laborer
    29%
  • Carpenter
    8%
  • Fisherman
    8%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • New Worker
    25%
  • Typist
    25%
  • Maid
    25%
  • Housekeeper
    25%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Lian. 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 4,000 military records available for the last name Lian. For the veterans among your Lian ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Lian lifespan?

Between 1961 and 2004, in the United States, Lian life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1978, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Lian in 1961 was 62, and 69 in 2004.

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