Quan Family History

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Quan Name Meaning

Irish: reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Cúáin ‘descendant of Cúán’ (see Coyne). Chinese : from a word that means ‘coin’. During the Zhou dynasty (1122–221 bc) the coin official was an important functionary in charge of currency. Descendants of a coin official adopted the character as their surname. However, another character, , meaning ‘all’, pronounced identically, came to be used more often as a surname. Chinese : from the state of Quan, which existed during the Shang dynasty (1766–1122 bc). The name of the state is identical to a word meaning ‘power’. The Shang king Wu Ding granted the state to his grandson, whose descendants adopted Quan as their surname.

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

Similar surnames: Guan, Yuan, Duan, Ruan, Qian, Fan, Gan, An, Qiao, Quain

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Quan Family Origin

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Quan Family Occupations

What did your Quan ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Laborer, Farmer and Works In Forge were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Quan. A less common occupation for the Quan family was Bookkeeper. The most common Quan occupation in the USA was Laborer. 17% of Quan's were Laborers.

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  • Laborer

  • Farmer

  • Works In Forge

  • Bookkeeper


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Quan ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Quan Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 8,000 census records available for the last name Quan. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Quan census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 19,000 immigration records available for the last name Quan. 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 Card

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

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Quan Life Expectancy

What is the average Quan lifespan?

Between 1954 and 2004, in the United States, Quan life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1961, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Quan in 1954 was 52, and 79 in 2004.

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