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Cahan Name Meaning

Irish: reduced form of McCahan or O’Cahan (see O’Kane). Jewish: variant of Cohen.

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

Similar surnames: Cohan, Crahan, Cagan, Cahn, Mahan, Coan, Cavan, Gahan, Kahan, Shan

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Where is the Cahan family from?

You can see how Cahan families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Cahan family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Cahan families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 20 Cahan families living in Manitoba. This was about 27% of all the recorded Cahan's in Canada. Manitoba had the highest population of Cahan families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Cahan surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Cahan ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Salesman and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Cahan. 24% of Cahan men worked as a Salesman and 25% of Cahan women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Cahan were Proprietor and Maid.

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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.

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Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Salesman
  • Laborer
  • Clerk
  • Proprietor

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
  • Clerk
  • Secretary
  • Maid
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Census Records

There are 4,000 census records available for the last name Cahan. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Cahan census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Cahan. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 631 military records available for the last name Cahan. For the veterans among your Cahan ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Cahan lifespan?

Between 1952 and 2003, in the United States, Cahan life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Cahan in 1952 was 56, and 88 in 2003.

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