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Pan Name Meaning

Chinese : from the place name Pan, which existed in the state of Wei during the Zhou dynasty. Bi Gonggao, fifteenth son of the virtuous duke Wen Wang, was granted a state named Wei when the Zhou dynasty came to power in 1122 bc (see Feng 1). Bi Gonggao in turn granted the area called Pan to one of his sons, whose descendants eventually adopted Pan as their surname. This name is also Romanized as Poon, Pun, and Pon. Korean: There are two Chinese characters for this surname; only one of them, however, is common enough to warrant treatment here. There are three clans which use this character: the Kisong (also called the Koje), the Kwangju, and the Namp’yong. The founding ancestors of these clans were Koryo (918–1392) figures, and it is widely believed that they were related. Spanish and southern French (Occitan): metonymic occupational name for a baker or a pantryman, from Spanish and Occitan pan ‘bread’ (Latin panis). English and Dutch: metonymic occupational name for someone who cast pans, from Middle English, Middle Dutch panne ‘pan’. Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic): from Polish, Ukrainian, Yiddish pan ‘lord’, ‘master’, ‘landowner’, hence a nickname for a haughty person. Perhaps also an Americanized spelling or translation of German Pfann (North German Pann).

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

Similar surnames: Han, Pang, Yan, Man, Kan, Tan, Fan, An, Pann, Gan

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You can see how Pan families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Pan family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Pan families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 3 Pan families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 50% of all the recorded Pan's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Pan families in 1840.
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What did your Pan ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Pan. 23% of Pan men worked as a Farmer and 20% of Pan women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Pan were Carpenter 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
  • Laborer
  • Truck Driver
  • Carpenter

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
  • Machine Operator
  • Housewife
  • Housekeeper
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Passenger Lists

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There are 14,000 military records available for the last name Pan. For the veterans among your Pan ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Pan lifespan?

Between 1964 and 2004, in the United States, Pan life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1983, and highest in 1970. The average life expectancy for Pan in 1964 was 84, and 84 in 2004.

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