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Lan Surname Meaning

Chinese: Mandarin form of the surname 藍 meaning ‘blue’ in Chinese: (i) from the first element of the placename Lan Tian (藍田) the name of a fief (located in present-day Shaanxi province) granted to a noble from the state of Qin during the Warring States period (475–221 BC). (ii) from the placename Lan (藍) the name of a fief (located in Hubei province) granted to a noble in the state of Chu during the Spring and Autumn period (770–476 BC). Chinese: Mandarin or Cantonese form of the surname 蘭 meaning ‘orchid’ in Chinese: (i) from the personal name Lan (蘭) which was the personal name of Duke Mu of Zheng (ruler of the state of Zheng 648–606 BC). (ii) adopted as a surname by the Wu Luo Lan (烏落蘭) family from the Xianbei ethnic group in northern China during the Northern Wei dynasty (386–534 AD). (iii) traced back to a family from South Huns (48–216 AD located in northern China). Chinese: variant Romanization of the surname 林 see Lin Polish (Łan): perhaps from the vocabulary word łan ‘plowland soil’. Polish (Łań): alternatively perhaps a nickname from a derivative of łania ‘hind doe’. Vietnamese (Lận): from the Chinese surname 藺 see Lin

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

Similar surnames: Han, Pan, Kan, Lin, Gan, Lang, Lam, Len, Lal, Lai

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You can see how Lan families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Lan family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Lan families were found in USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 57 Lan families living in British Columbia. This was about 41% of all the recorded Lan's in Canada. British Columbia had the highest population of Lan families in 1911.
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What did your Lan ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer was the top reported job for people in the Canada named Lan. 34% of Lan men worked as a Farmer. .

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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

  • Farmer
  • Labourer
  • Cook
  • Journalier
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What is the average Lan lifespan?

Between 1966 and 2004, in the United States, Lan life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1988, and highest in 1992. The average life expectancy for Lan in 1966 was 76, and 88 in 2004.

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