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Yan Name Meaning

Chinese : of uncertain origin, originating in Shaanxi province. It may be a variant of another name from the same region and pronounced the same way (see 4 below, ). Chinese : the origin of this name is closely tied up with that of Zhuang. During the Spring and Autumn period (722–481 bc), many members of the ruling class of the state of Chu adopted as their surname Zhuang, the posthumously given name of a king of Chu. The name Zhuang was kept until the Eastern Han dynasty (25–220), when, to avoid a taboo on having the same name as the ruler (then Liu Zhuang), many people changed their surname from Zhuang to Yan. Chinese : from the ‘style name’ Yan. Yi Fu, a descendant of the grantee of the fief of Zhu (see Zhu 1) during the Zhou dynasty had the ‘style name’ Yan. Descendants adopted his style name as their surname. Chinese : there are two accounts of the origin of this name: one a place named Yan Village and the other Yan Town. Both places existed during the Zhou dynasty (1122–221 bc). Chinese : variant of Zhen. Chinese : from the name of a person called Yan An from the state of Qi during the Spring and Autumn period (722–481 bc). Chinese : variant of Yin 1. Chinese : from the name of a state of Yan that existed during the Zhou dynasty (1122–221 bc). Americanized spelling of Jan.

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


Similar surnames: Yang, Han, Yuan, Yin, Pan, Tan, Fan, Kan, Wang, Gan

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You can see how Yan families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Yan family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Yan families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 2 Yan families living in Maryland. This was about 67% of all the recorded Yan's in the USA. Maryland had the highest population of Yan families in 1840.
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What did your Yan ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Salesman was the top reported job for people in the US named Yan. 29% of Yan men worked as a Salesman.

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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
    29%
  • Laborer
    29%
  • Farmer
    15%
  • Cook
    15%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 11,000 immigration records available for the last name Yan. 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 474 military records available for the last name Yan. For the veterans among your Yan ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Yan lifespan?

Between 1966 and 2004, in the United States, Yan life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1972, and highest in 1975. The average life expectancy for Yan in 1966 was 72, and 74 in 2004.

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