Span Family History
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Span Name Meaning
Slovenian (Špan): from špan, a feudal status name for a serf chosen by an overlord to oversee other serfs and villeins working on the overlord’s estate. This was also a status name for a village headman. The word in both senses is derived from Slovenian župan (see Zupan). German: occupational name for a carpenter, a variant of Spahn. German: nickname for a quarrelsome person, a variant of Spann. Jewish (Ashkenazic): nickname or ornamental name from Span ‘chip’.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press