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San Family History

San Name Meaning

Chinese : variant of Shen 2. Chinese : variant of Shan 2. Other Southeast Asian: unexplained.

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

Similar surnames: Sam, Sin, Shan, Tan, Man, Kan, Yan, Wan, Han, Sun

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Where is the San family from?

You can see how San families moved over time by selecting different census years. The San family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most San families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 37 San families living in British Columbia. This was about 44% of all the recorded San's in Canada. British Columbia had the highest population of San families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the San surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your San ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Laborer was the top reported job for people in the CA named San. 28% of San 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
  • Labourer
  • Farmer
  • Cook
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Census Records

There are 164,000 census records available for the last name San. Like a window into their day-to-day life, San 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 29,000 immigration records available for the last name San. 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 94,000 military records available for the last name San. For the veterans among your San ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average San lifespan?

Between 1964 and 2004, in the United States, San life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1984, and highest in 1986. The average life expectancy for San in 1964 was 83, and 68 in 2004.

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