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Duan Name Meaning

Chinese : from the name of the youngest son of Duke Wu Gong of the state of Zheng during the Spring and Autumn period (722–481 bc). He was brought up by a doting mother and became an arrogant and domineering man. Upon being granted a fief, he raised an army with the goal of overthrowing his elder brother, Duke Zhuang Gong. Hearing of this, the latter remarked, ‘excessive unrighteous behavior must die of itself’, and as he expected, his younger brother failed. Nevertheless some of his descendants adopted Duan as their surname. Another source of the name is from Duan-gan Mu of the state of Wei during the Warring States period (403–221 BC). His descendants simplified Duan-gan to Duan and adopted that as their surname.

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

Similar surnames: Yuan, Guan, Quan, Ruan, Ban, Du, Bean, Duke, Duman, Duin

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Duan Family Origin

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Duan Family Occupations

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In 1880, a less common occupation for the Duan family was Laborer. The most common Duan occupation in the USA was Carpenter. 25% of Duan's were Carpenters. Carpenter, Farming and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Duan.

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  • Carpenter

  • Farming

  • Keeping House

  • Laborer


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Duan Historical Records

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Census Record

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Passenger List

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Draft Card

There are 465 military records available for the last name Duan. For the veterans among your Duan ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Duan Life Expectancy

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Between 1971 and 2004, in the United States, Duan life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1999, and highest in 1992. The average life expectancy for Duan in 1971 was 49, and 72 in 2004.

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