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Man Name Meaning

Chinese : variant of Wen 2. Chinese : from a character in the personal name of Hu Gongman, a retainer of Wu Wang. After the latter established the Zhou dynasty in 1122 bc, he granted the state of Chen to Hu Gongman, whose descendants adopted the second character of his given name, Man, as their surname. This character also means ‘Manchurian’, but the name does not appear to be related to this meaning. Chinese : variant of Wen 3. Chinese : variant of Wan 1. English and Jewish: variant spelling of Mann. Dutch: from Middle Dutch man ‘man’, ‘husband’, ‘vassal’, ‘arbiter’. French: from the Germanic personal name Manno (see Mann 2). Jewish (Ashkenazic): from the personal name Man, derived from Yiddish ‘man’.

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


Similar surnames: Pan, Han, Mann, Mao, May, Tan, Kan, Yan, Wan, Ban

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You can see how Man families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Man family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Man families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 20 Man families living in New York. This was about 17% of all the recorded Man's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Man families in 1840.
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What did your Man ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Man. 20% of Man men worked as a Farmer and 10% of Man women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Man were Proprietor 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
    20%
  • Laborer
    18%
  • Labor
    5%
  • Proprietor
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
    10%
  • Clerk
    8%
  • Stenographer
    8%
  • Housekeeper
    7%
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Passenger Lists

There are 23,000 immigration records available for the last name Man. 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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There are 6,000 military records available for the last name Man. For the veterans among your Man ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Man lifespan?

Between 1959 and 2004, in the United States, Man life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1980, and highest in 1967. The average life expectancy for Man in 1959 was 76, and 69 in 2004.

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