Shan Family History

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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

What did your Shan ancestors do for a living?

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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  • Blacksmith, Journeym

  • Boilerman

  • Carman

  • Engine Fitter


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Shan ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Shan Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 17,000 census records available for the last name Shan. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Shan 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

There are 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Shan. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 5,000 military records available for the last name Shan. For the veterans among your Shan ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Shan Life Expectancy

What is the average Shan lifespan?

Between 1966 and 2004, in the United States, 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.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Shan ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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