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Tann Name Meaning

African American: at least in part probably from a shortened and altered form of the surname Kecatan derived from the name of the Kikotan Native American tribe of Algonquian stock that once lived in the vicinity of present-day Hampton VA. The surname Kecatan was recorded in 1665 in VA. African American surname Tann is however (in part) probably also of English origin (in any of the two possible senses; see 2 and 3 below). English (mainly Norfolk): metonymic occupational name from Middle English tan(ne) ‘oak bark’ (Old French tan) i.e. crushed oak bark used in tanning. See also Tanner . English (mainly Norfolk): from the Middle English personal name Tan a pet form of Andrew . Compare Tandy . German: topographic name for someone who lived in a forest Middle High German tan. This was originally a distinct word from tanne ‘pine tree’ and denoted a forest of any kind. Inevitably however the two became confused with the result that Tann now denotes only coniferous forests; in this form it is a rather rare and literary word. Chinese: variant Romanization of the surname 譚 see Tan

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Dann, Bann, Rann, Gann, Pann, Wann, Kann, Mann, Hain, Tonn

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You can see how Tann families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Tann family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Tann families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 2 Tann families living in Kentucky. This was about 20% of all the recorded Tann's in USA. Kentucky and 3 other states had the highest population of Tann families in 1840.
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What did your Tann ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Tann. 32% of Tann men worked as a Laborer and 25% of Tann women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Tann were Manager and Laundress. .

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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

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Manager

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Maid
  • Farming
  • Cook
  • Laundress
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Between 1954 and 2004, in the United States, Tann life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1954, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Tann in 1954 was 29, and 85 in 2004.

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