Chan Family History

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Chan Name Meaning

Chinese : Cantonese variant of Chen. Chinese : variant transcription of Zhan. Vietnamese (Chân): unexplained. Galician and Portuguese: topographic name from a field named Chan (Galician) or Chã (Portuguese), from Latin plana ‘level’, ‘flat’.

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

Similar surnames: Chao, Chau, Chang, Han, Chin, Cham, Can, Shan, Chun, Chen

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Chan Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Chan name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Chan. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • China


  • England & Wales


  • Southeast Asia—Dai (Tai)


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Philippines


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Chan Family Origin

Where is the Chan family from?

Chan Family Occupations

What did your Chan ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Carpenter and Engine Fitter were the top 2 reported jobs worked by Chan. The most common Chan occupation in the UK was Carpenter. 50% of Chan's were Carpenters.

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  • Carpenter

  • Engine Fitter


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

Chan Historical Records

What Chan family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 42,000 census records available for the last name Chan. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Chan 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 141,000 immigration records available for the last name Chan. 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 11,000 military records available for the last name Chan. For the veterans among your Chan ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Chan Life Expectancy

What is the average Chan lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Chan life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Chan in 1942 was 32, and 74 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Chan

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Chan 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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