Can Name Meaning

Spanish: nickname from Spanish can, a synonym of perro ‘hound’. French: descriptive nickname for a gray-haired man, Latin canutus. Compare Canuel, Cano. Muslim: variant of Khan. Vietnamese: unexplained.

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

Similar surnames: Cap, Cane, Cal, Pan, Cano, Cain, Cao, Chan, Jan, Van

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Can Family Origin

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Can Family Occupations

What did your Can ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Farmer, Agricultural Labourer and Blacking Manufacturer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Can. A less common occupation for the Can family was Colliery Engine Driver. The most common Can occupation in the UK was Farmer. 9% of Can's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Blacking Manufacturer

  • Colliery Engine Driver


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Can Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 26,000 census records available for the last name Can. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Can 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 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Can. 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 67,000 military records available for the last name Can. For the veterans among your Can ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Can Life Expectancy

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Between 1966 and 2003, in the United States, Can life expectancy was at its lowest point in 2002, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Can in 1966 was 73, and 75 in 2003.

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