Pan Name Meaning

Chinese : from the place name Pan, which existed in the state of Wei during the Zhou dynasty. Bi Gonggao, fifteenth son of the virtuous duke Wen Wang, was granted a state named Wei when the Zhou dynasty came to power in 1122 bc (see Feng 1). Bi Gonggao in turn granted the area called Pan to one of his sons, whose descendants eventually adopted Pan as their surname. This name is also Romanized as Poon, Pun, and Pon. Korean: There are two Chinese characters for this surname; only one of them, however, is common enough to warrant treatment here. There are three clans which use this character: the Kisong (also called the Koje), the Kwangju, and the Namp’yong. The founding ancestors of these clans were Koryo (918–1392) figures, and it is widely believed that they were related. Spanish and southern French (Occitan): metonymic occupational name for a baker or a pantryman, from Spanish and Occitan pan ‘bread’ (Latin panis). English and Dutch: metonymic occupational name for someone who cast pans, from Middle English, Middle Dutch panne ‘pan’. Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic): from Polish, Ukrainian, Yiddish pan ‘lord’, ‘master’, ‘landowner’, hence a nickname for a haughty person. Perhaps also an Americanized spelling or translation of German Pfann (North German Pann).

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

Similar surnames: Han, Pang, Yan, Man, Kan, Tan, Fan, An, Pann, Gan

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Pan Family Origin

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Pan Family Occupations

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In 1881, a less common occupation for the Pan family was Confectioner Employing 1 Boy. The most common Pan occupation in the UK was Accountants Clerk. 20% of Pan's were Accountants Clerks. Accountants Clerk, Brass Bobbin Maker (Spinning) and Coal Miner were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Pan.

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  • Accountants Clerk

  • Brass Bobbin Maker (Spinning)

  • Coal Miner

  • Confectioner Employing 1 Boy


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Between 1964 and 2004, in the United States, Pan life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1983, and highest in 1970. The average life expectancy for Pan in 1964 was 84, and 84 in 2004.

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