Gan Name Meaning

Chinese : although the character for Gan is the same as that in the name of the western province Gansu, the two sources of the surname are not related to that of the province. One source of the surname is Gan Pan, a senior minister to the Shang dynasty king Wu Ding (1324–1266 bc). The other source is a town named Gan in Shaanxi province that was granted to a descendant of Wu Wang (who established the Zhou dynasty in 1122 bc). The grantee’s descendants adopted the place name as their surname. Hispanic (Filipino): unexplained.

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

Similar surnames: Han, Tan, Yan, Guan, Pan, Fan, Man, An, Wan, Kan

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Gan Family Occupations

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In 1880, Farmer, Laborer and Farming were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Gan. The most common Gan occupation in the USA was Farmer. 41% of Gan's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Gan family was Keeping House.

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  • Farming

  • Keeping House


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Between 1953 and 2004, in the United States, Gan life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 1970. The average life expectancy for Gan in 1953 was 39, and 81 in 2004.

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