Kan Name Meaning

Chinese : spelling variant of Jian. Chinese : from the name of a place called Kan which existed during the Spring and Autumn period (722–481 bc) in the state of Lu, in present-day Shandong province. Some residents adopted the place name as their surname. Chinese : variant of Gan 1. Czech (Kán): from kanit meaning ‘to slobber or slaver’ and by extension ‘to gossip’, hence a nickname for a gossip. Czech: nickname from káne ‘buzzard’. German: derivative of the personal name Konrad. Jewish (Ashkenazic): one of the many forms of Cohen. Dutch: from Middle Dutch kan(ne), can(ne) ‘tankard’, ‘flagon’, ‘pitcher’, hence a metonymic occupational name for a maker of such vessels: a potter or a pewterer. Reduced form of Dutch van de Kan: habitational name for someone from De Kan in Veurne or a place called Kanne.

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

Similar surnames: Pan, Kam, Han, Yan, Man, Kann, Ban, Wan, Fan, Van

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Kan Family Origin

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Kan Family Occupations

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In 1921, Cook and Shopkeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Kan. 15% of Kan men worked as a Cook

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Top Male Occupations in 1921

  • Cook
  • Carpenter
  • Manager
  • Bank Clerk

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Shopkeeper

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

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Kan Life Expectancy

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Between 1963 and 2004, in the United States, Kan life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1966, and highest in 1980. The average life expectancy for Kan in 1963 was 81, and 63 in 2004.

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