Shan Name Meaning

Chinese : from the place name Shan. Cheng Wang, the second king (1115–1079 bc) of the Zhou dynasty, granted to a son the area of Shan, and the son’s descendants adopted the place name as their surname. Chinese : from a word meaning ‘mountain’. The legendary emperor Shen Nong (2734–2697 bc) was supposedly born on Lie Mountain, the name of which he gave to one of his sons. One of the descendants of that son adopted the word for ‘mountain’, shan, as his surname. Another source of the name was an official post that existed during the Zhou dynasty (1122–221 bc) called the Mountain Master, which carried the responsibilities of overseeing mountains and forests. Again, the word for ‘mountain’, shan, was adopted as a surname. Indian (Gujarat): Hindu (Vania) name of unknown meaning. Reduced form of northern Irish and Scottish McShane. Variant of English Shann.

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


Similar surnames: Han, Shen, Shah, Shao, Shaw, Zhan, Shang, Sham, Shand, Sha

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Shan Family Origin

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Shan Family Occupations

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  • Blacksmith, Journeym

    8%
  • Boilerman

    8%
  • Carman

    8%
  • Engine Fitter

    8%

In 1881, Blacksmith, Journeym, Boilerman and Carman were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Shan. A less common occupation for the Shan family was Engine Fitter. The most common Shan occupation in the UK was Blacksmith, Journeym. 8% of Shan's were Blacksmith, Journeyms.

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Between 1966 and 2004, Shan life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1966, and highest in 1969. The average life expectancy for Shan in 1966 was 25, and 77 in 2004.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Shan

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