Gahan Family History

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Gahan Name Meaning

reduced form of McGahan, an Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Eacháin, ‘son of Eachán’. in Leinster, a reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Gaoithin ‘descendant of Gaoithín’, a personal name from a diminutive of gaoth, an adjective meaning ‘wise’ (probably the sense here) or a noun meaning ‘wind’; hence in Connacht the name is sometimes ‘translated’ as Wynne or Wyndham. Occasionally it may be an Anglicized form of Mac Gaoithín ‘son of Gaoithín’, although this is more commonly found as McGeehan, an Ulster name.

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

Similar surnames: Mahan, Mcgahan, Hahn, Shan, Govan, Garin, Cavan, Gahn, Gean, Jahn

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Gahan Family Origin

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Gahan Family Occupations

What did your Gahan ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Gahan occupation in Canada was Farmer. 28% of Gahan's were Farmers. Farmer, School and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Gahan. A less common occupation for the Gahan family was Student.

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  • Farmer

  • School

  • Labourer

  • Student


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Gahan ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Gahan Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 17,000 census records available for the last name Gahan. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Gahan 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 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Gahan. 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 2,000 military records available for the last name Gahan. For the veterans among your Gahan ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Gahan Life Expectancy

What is the average Gahan lifespan?

Between 1955 and 2004, in the United States, Gahan life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 1996. The average life expectancy for Gahan in 1955 was 73, and 77 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Gahan 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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