Tan Name Meaning

Chinese : from the name of the state of Tan during the Zhou dynasty. After Wu Wang established the Zhou dynasty in 1122 bc, he enfeoffed the state of Tan to a descendant of the model emperor Yu (2205–2198 bc), with the status of Viscount. Descendants adopted the name of the state Tan as their surname. Chinese : said to be from the name of a certain King Tan of the state of Song, a 36th-generation descendant of its founder (see Song). Chinese : variant of Chen. Chinese : there are two groups of bearers of the character for this surname: one pronounced Tan, and the other Qin (see Qin), although both are represented with the same character. Korean: there are three Chinese characters for this surname; two of them are used by clans that now have only one surviving family each, according to a recent census. Some records indicate that there are 10 clans that use the third character for their surname, but only two can be documented: the Kangüm clan and the Yönan clan. Neither of these clans is very large. Filipino: unexplained.

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


Similar surnames: Han, Tang, Yan, Pan, Gan, An, Man, Fan, Tao, Ban

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Tan Family Occupations

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  • Butler Valet

    33%
  • Gold Miner

    33%
  • Laborer

    33%

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Tan family was Laborer. Butler Valet and Gold Miner were the top 2 reported jobs worked by Tan. The most common Tan occupation in Canada was Butler Valet. 33% of Tan's were Butler Valets.

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Between 1958 and 2004, Tan life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 1964. The average life expectancy for Tan in 1958 was 31, and 72 in 2004.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Tan

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