Wan Name Meaning

Chinese : from a place name, Wan City, that existed during the Zhou dynasty (1122–221 bc) in Shaanxi province. Descendants of a marquise who was granted the territory adopted the city name as their surname. Chinese : variant of Wen 1. Chinese : variant of Yin 1. Dutch: occupational name for a maker or seller of winnowing fans, from Latin vannus. Scottish: variant of Wann.

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

Similar surnames: Yan, Man, Pan, Han, Wang, Kan, Fan, Tan, Wen, Gan

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Wan Family Origin

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Wan Family Occupations

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In 1921, Cook was the top reported job for people in the CA named Wan. 16% of Wan men worked as a Cook

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Top Male Occupations in 1921

  • Cook
  • Laborer
  • Laundryman
  • Restaurant

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Wan Life Expectancy

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Between 1962 and 2004, in the United States, Wan life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1972, and highest in 1986. The average life expectancy for Wan in 1962 was 65, and 77 in 2004.

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