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Mahan Family History

Mahan Name Meaning

Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Macháin ‘descendant of Machán’, which Woulfe suggests is a variant of Mochán, a diminutive of moch ‘early’, itself a short form of a name formed with this element, of which there are several, and a variant of Mohan of Kilmacduagh in County Galway.

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

Similar surnames: Mohan, Mahon, Gahan, Monahan, Cavan, Cahan, Mcgahan, Maran, Mehan

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Where is the Mahan family from?

You can see how Mahan families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Mahan family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Mahan families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 90 Mahan families living in Quebec. This was about 45% of all the recorded Mahan's in Canada. Quebec had the highest population of Mahan families in 1911.
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What did your Mahan ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Journalier were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Mahan. 33% of Mahan men worked as a Farmer and 50% of Mahan women worked as a Journalier. Some less common occupations for Americans named Mahan were Labourer and Saleslady.

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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
  • Journalier
  • Cultivateur
  • Labourer

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Journalier
  • Saleslady
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Census Records

There are 92,000 census records available for the last name Mahan. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Mahan census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 8,000 immigration records available for the last name Mahan. 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 Cards

There are 18,000 military records available for the last name Mahan. For the veterans among your Mahan ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Mahan lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Mahan life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Mahan in 1941 was 42, and 75 in 2004.

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