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Polan Family History

Polan Name Meaning

Irish: variant of Polin. Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic): habitational name from Polyany, in Belarus and Ukraine, named with Slavic polyany ‘glad’, ‘clearing’.

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

Similar surnames: Polin, Polak, Poland, Polman, Pola, Polen, Poley, Holan, Nolen, Posen

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Where is the Polan family from?

You can see how Polan families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Polan family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Polan families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 3 Polan families living in Maine. This was about 27% of all the recorded Polan's in the USA. Maine and 1 other state had the highest population of Polan families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Polan surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Polan ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Salesman and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Polan. 20% of Polan men worked as a Salesman and 17% of Polan women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Polan were Operator and Saleslady.

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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

  • Salesman
  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Operator

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
  • Bookkeeper
  • Stenographer
  • Saleslady
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What Polan family records will you find?

Census Records

There are 4,000 census records available for the last name Polan. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Polan census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Polan. 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 948 military records available for the last name Polan. For the veterans among your Polan ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Polan lifespan?

Between 1957 and 2004, in the United States, Polan life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Polan in 1957 was 30, and 86 in 2004.

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