Zane Family History

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Zane Name Meaning

English: unexplained. Italian (Venice and Mantua) and Greek (Zanes): from a variant of the Venetian personal name Z(u)an(n)i ‘John’ (see Zani). Americanized spelling of German and Jewish Zahn.

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

Similar surnames: Zani, Cane, Zand, Pane, Kane, Dane, Hane, Bane, Zone, Fane

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Zane Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Zane name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • European Jewish


  • China


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Zane Family Origin

Where is the Zane family from?

Zane Family Occupations

What did your Zane ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Zane occupation in the USA was Farmer. 28% of Zane's were Farmers. Farmer, Keeping House and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Zane. A less common occupation for the Zane family was Carpenter.

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Laborer

  • Carpenter


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

Zane Historical Records

What Zane family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 13,000 census records available for the last name Zane. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Zane 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 Zane. 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 4,000 military records available for the last name Zane. For the veterans among your Zane ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Zane Life Expectancy

What is the average Zane lifespan?

Between 1951 and 2004, in the United States, Zane life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Zane in 1951 was 50, and 74 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Zane 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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