Gan Name Meaning

Chinese : although the character for Gan is the same as that in the name of the western province Gansu, the two sources of the surname are not related to that of the province. One source of the surname is Gan Pan, a senior minister to the Shang dynasty king Wu Ding (1324–1266 bc). The other source is a town named Gan in Shaanxi province that was granted to a descendant of Wu Wang (who established the Zhou dynasty in 1122 bc). The grantee’s descendants adopted the place name as their surname. Hispanic (Filipino): unexplained.

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


Similar surnames: Han, Tan, Yan, Guan, Pan, Fan, Man, An, Wan, Kan

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Gan Family Origin

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Gan Family Occupations

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  • Coal Miner

    20%
  • Labourer

    20%
  • Railway Porter

    20%
  • Seamstress

    20%

In 1881, Coal Miner, Labourer and Railway Porter were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Gan. A less common occupation for the Gan family was Seamstress. The most common Gan occupation in the UK was Coal Miner. 20% of Gan's were Coal Miners.

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Between 1953 and 2004, Gan life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 1970. The average life expectancy for Gan in 1953 was 39, and 81 in 2004.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Gan

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