Donnan Family History

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Donnan Name Meaning

Irish (County Down): reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Donnáin ‘descendant of Donnán’, a diminutive of donn ‘brown-haired man’ or ‘chieftain’. This surname is often confused with Doonan.

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

Similar surnames: Dornan, Doonan, Donovan, Duncan, Doran, Donlon, Noonan, Conran

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Donnan Family Origin

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Donnan Family Occupations

What did your Donnan ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Saleslady were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Donnan. 22% of Donnan men worked as a Farmer and 40% of Donnan women worked as a Saleslady. Some less common occupations for Americans named Donnan were Caretaker and Housewife

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Top Male Occupations in 1921

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Dairyman
  • Caretaker

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Saleslady
  • Alexgrman
  • Clerk
  • Housewife

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Donnan Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 17,000 census records available for the last name Donnan. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Donnan 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 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Donnan. 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 Card

There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Donnan. For the veterans among your Donnan ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Donnan Life Expectancy

What is the average Donnan lifespan?

Between 1953 and 2004, in the United States, Donnan life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 1986. The average life expectancy for Donnan in 1953 was 41, and 83 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Donnan

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Donnan 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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