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Jan Name Meaning

North German Danish Polish Sorbian and Croatian; Czech (also Ján); Slovak (Ján): from the personal name Jan (Slovak Ján) a shortened vernacular form of Latin Johannes (see John ). The Sorbian surname is found mainly in Germanized forms Jahn and Jähn. See also Yan . Slovenian: from the personal name Jan a variant or a short form of Janez an equivalent of John . Breton (rarely Le Jan): from a Frenchified form of the personal name Ian (modern spelling Yann ) a Breton equivalent of John . French: from a regional variant of the personal name Jean ‘John’. Muslim (mainly Pakistan and India): from a personal name based on the Persian word ḡān ‘soul life’. Chinese: Mandarin form of the surname 冉 see Ran .7: Chinese: alternative Mandarin form of the surnames 詹 占 湛 展 戰 and 粘 see Zhan 1-6.8: Chinese: variant Romanization of the surname 甄 see Zhen .9: Chinese: variant Romanization of the surname 鄭 see Zheng

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022


Similar surnames: Jahn, Van, Jans, Han, Jank, Janz, Ban, Pan, Kan, Man

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You can see how Jan families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Jan family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1841 and 1920. The most Jan families were found in USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 59 Jan families living in British Columbia. This was about 31% of all the recorded Jan's in Canada. British Columbia had the highest population of Jan families in 1911.
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What did your Jan ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Laborer was the top reported job for people in the Canada named Jan. 23% of Jan men worked as a Laborer. .

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

Top Male Occupations In 1921

  • Laborer
    23%
  • Labourer
    14%
  • Cook
    14%
  • Salesman
    6%
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Passenger Lists

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What is the average Jan lifespan?

Between 1952 and 2004, in the United States, Jan life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 1975. The average life expectancy for Jan in 1952 was 49, and 65 in 2004.

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