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Olan Family History

Olan Name Meaning

Spanish (Olán): variant spelling of holán ‘furbelow’, a kind of delicate white fabric frill (originally from Holland, whence the name), used to adorn women’s skirts; possibly therefore a metonymic occupational name for someone who made or sold such frills. This name is found mainly in Mexico and Caribbean Islands. Swedish: probably an ornamental name, but unexplained.

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


Similar surnames: Oman, Olin, Olen, Oland, Bean, Olden, Olman, Colan, Rolan, Alan

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Where is the Olan family from?

You can see how Olan families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Olan family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1841 and 1920. The most Olan families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 9 Olan families living in Louisiana. This was about 27% of all the recorded Olan's in the USA. Louisiana and 1 other state had the highest population of Olan families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Olan surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Olan ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Olan. 44% of Olan men worked as a Farmer and 50% of Olan women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Olan were Proprietor and Teacher.

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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
    44%
  • Laborer
    27%
  • Salesman
    10%
  • Proprietor
    7%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    50%
  • Teacher
    50%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Olan. 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 903 military records available for the last name Olan. For the veterans among your Olan ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Olan lifespan?

Between 1947 and 2004, in the United States, Olan life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1947, and highest in 1968. The average life expectancy for Olan in 1947 was 29, and 72 in 2004.

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