Canavan Family History

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Canavan Name Meaning

Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Ceanndubháin ‘descendant of Ceanndubhán’, a byname meaning ‘little black-headed one’, from ceann ‘head’ + dubh ‘black’ + the diminutive suffix -án.

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

Similar surnames: Hanavan, Hanahan, Banahan, Cavan, Carnahan, Manahan, Conahan, Cannan

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Canavan Family Origin

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Canavan Family Occupations

What did your Canavan ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Canavan family was Housekeeper. The most common Canavan occupation in the UK was Coal Miner. 7% of Canavan's were Coal Miners. Coal Miner, Labourer and Tailor were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Canavan.

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  • Coal Miner

  • Labourer

  • Tailor

  • Housekeeper


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

Canavan Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 26,000 census records available for the last name Canavan. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Canavan 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 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Canavan. 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 5,000 military records available for the last name Canavan. For the veterans among your Canavan ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Canavan Life Expectancy

What is the average Canavan lifespan?

Between 1946 and 2004, in the United States, Canavan life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1946, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Canavan in 1946 was 39, and 79 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Canavan

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Canavan 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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