Shahan Family History

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Shahan Name Meaning

Irish: variant of Sheehan. Muslim: from the Persian word shahan ‘kings’, the plural of Shah. Shahan Shah ‘King of Kings’ was a title used by royalty in Iran before the revolution of 1979. Shahan is a widespread name in Iran and the Indian subcontinent.

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

Similar surnames: Shah, Shaheen, Shawhan, Sheahan, Shan, Shehan, Shean, Shahid, Skahan

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Shahan Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Shahan name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Shahan. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • France


  • Norway


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Shahan Family Origin

Where is the Shahan family from?

Shahan Family Occupations

What did your Shahan ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Shahan family was Keeping House. Farmer, Laborer and Farming were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Shahan. The most common Shahan occupation in the USA was Farmer. 47% of Shahan's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Farming

  • Keeping House


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

Shahan Historical Records

What Shahan family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 13,000 census records available for the last name Shahan. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Shahan 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Shahan. 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 Shahan. For the veterans among your Shahan ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Shahan Life Expectancy

What is the average Shahan lifespan?

Between 1956 and 2004, in the United States, Shahan life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 1990. The average life expectancy for Shahan in 1956 was 50, and 70 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Shahan

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Shahan ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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