Buchan Family History

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Buchan Name Meaning

Scottish: regional name from a district north of Aberdeen. There was also a barony of Buchquane in Strathore, Fife, a settlement called Buchan in Kirkcudbrightshire, and several other places in Scotland so named, but these are less likely to be the source of the surname.

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

Similar surnames: Buchen, Burcham, Buche, Buchanan, Buchta, Chan, Bachand, Burham

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Buchan Family Origin

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Buchan Family Occupations

What did your Buchan ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Buchan family was Joiner. The most common Buchan occupation in the UK was Fisherman. 27% of Buchan's were Fishermans. Fisherman, Farmer and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Buchan.

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  • Fisherman

  • Farmer

  • Labourer

  • Joiner


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Buchan ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Buchan Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 64,000 census records available for the last name Buchan. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Buchan census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 14,000 immigration records available for the last name Buchan. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 8,000 military records available for the last name Buchan. For the veterans among your Buchan ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Buchan Life Expectancy

What is the average Buchan lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Buchan life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Buchan in 1941 was 48, and 77 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Buchan

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Buchan ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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