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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Chan Family Origin

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Chan Family Occupations

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  • Clerk

    33%
  • Fireman

    33%
  • Wood Cutter

    33%

In 1881, Clerk and Fireman were the top 2 reported jobs worked by Chan. The most common Chan occupation in Canada was Clerk. 33% of Chan's were Clerks. A less common occupation for the Chan family was Wood Cutter.

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Chan Historical Records

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Chan Life Expectancy

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United States

Between 1942 and 2004, 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.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Chan

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