San Name Meaning

Chinese : variant of Shen 2. Chinese : variant of Shan 2. Other Southeast Asian: unexplained.

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

Similar surnames: Sam, Sin, Shan, Tan, Man, Kan, Yan, Wan, Han, Sun

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San Family Origin

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San Family Occupations

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In 1881, the most common San occupation in the UK was Warehouseman. 100% of San's were Warehousemans.

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San Historical Records

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Census Record

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Passenger List

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Draft Card

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San Life Expectancy

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Between 1964 and 2004, in the United States, San life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1984, and highest in 1986. The average life expectancy for San in 1964 was 83, and 68 in 2004.

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