Lan Name Meaning

Chinese : from a place named Lan-tian (meaning ‘blue field’) in Guangdong province. Polish (Lan): perhaps from the vocabulary word lan ‘plowland’, ‘soil’. Polish (Lan): alternatively, perhaps a nickname from a derivative of lania ‘hind’, ‘doe’.

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

Similar surnames: Han, Pan, Kan, Lin, Gan, Lang, Lam, Len, Lal, Lai

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Lan Family Origin

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Lan Family Occupations

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In 1881, a less common occupation for the Lan family was Mariners Wife. Coal Weigher, Farm Serv and Implement Maker were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Lan. The most common Lan occupation in the UK was Coal Weigher. 17% of Lan's were Coal Weighers.

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  • Coal Weigher

  • Farm Serv

  • Implement Maker

  • Mariners Wife


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Lan Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 27,000 census records available for the last name Lan. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Lan 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

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Draft Card

There are 12,000 military records available for the last name Lan. For the veterans among your Lan ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Lan Life Expectancy

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Between 1966 and 2004, in the United States, Lan life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1988, and highest in 1992. The average life expectancy for Lan in 1966 was 76, and 88 in 2004.

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