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Chan Family History

Chan Name Meaning

Chinese : Cantonese variant of Chen. Chinese : variant transcription of Zhan. Vietnamese (Chân): unexplained. Galician and Portuguese: topographic name from a field named Chan (Galician) or Chã (Portuguese), from Latin plana ‘level’, ‘flat’.

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


Similar surnames: Chao, Chau, Chang, Han, Chin, Cham, Can, Shan, Chun, Chen

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Where is the Chan family from?

You can see how Chan families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Chan family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Chan families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 363 Chan families living in British Columbia. This was about 85% of all the recorded Chan's in Canada. British Columbia had the highest population of Chan families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Chan surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Chan ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Labourer and Labourer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Chan. 27% of Chan men worked as a Labourer and 67% of Chan women worked as a Labourer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Chan were Salesman and Student.

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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 1921

  • Labourer
    27%
  • Cook
    16%
  • Laborer
    12%
  • Salesman
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Labourer
    67%
  • Student
    34%
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What Chan family records will you find?

Census Records

There are 42,000 census records available for the last name Chan. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Chan 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 141,000 immigration records available for the last name Chan. 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 11,000 military records available for the last name Chan. For the veterans among your Chan ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Chan lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Chan life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Chan in 1942 was 32, and 74 in 2004.

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