Fan Name Meaning

Chinese : from the name of a place called Fan, which existed during the Zhou dynasty. The Western Zhou dynasty’s penultimate king, Xuan Wang (827–781 bc), executed a direct descendant of the model emperor Yao. The latter’s son fled to the state of Jin, where he became a distinguished general and was granted the area called Fan. His descendants adopted the place name as their surname. Chinese : from a different place of the same period, also written in English as Fan. Zhong Shanfu, a senior adviser to Xuan Wang (827–781 BC), the penultimate king of the Western Zhou dynasty, is considered to have been a major factor in the exceptional success of this king during a period of generally declining authority for the Zhou kings. He was successful in conquering and pacifying tribes to the north, south, and west, and for this service he was granted the area of Fan. His descendants took the place name Fan as their surname.

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


Similar surnames: Fang, Han, Pan, Yan, Tan, Gan, Kan, An, Man, Wan

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Fan Family Occupations

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  • Cheese Warehouseman

    20%
  • Coal Merchant

    20%
  • Engine Turner At Wks

    20%
  • Milk Carrier

    20%

In 1881, the most common Fan occupation in the UK was Cheese Warehouseman. 20% of Fan's were Cheese Warehousemans. A less common occupation for the Fan family was Milk Carrier. Cheese Warehouseman, Coal Merchant and Engine Turner At Wks were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Fan.

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Between 1966 and 2004, Fan life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1975, and highest in 1982. The average life expectancy for Fan in 1966 was 80, and 74 in 2004.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Fan

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