Span Name Meaning

Slovenian (Špan): from špan, a feudal status name for a serf chosen by an overlord to oversee other serfs and villeins working on the overlord’s estate. This was also a status name for a village headman. The word in both senses is derived from Slovenian župan (see Zupan). German: occupational name for a carpenter, a variant of Spahn. German: nickname for a quarrelsome person, a variant of Spann. Jewish (Ashkenazic): nickname or ornamental name from Span ‘chip’.

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


Similar surnames: Pan, Spahn, Supan, Swan, Shan, Spann, Spang, Ban, Bean, Sand

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Span Family Origin

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Span Family Occupations

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  • Bricklayer

    100%

In 1881, the most common Span occupation in the UK was Bricklayer. 100% of Span's were Bricklayers.

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Span Historical Records

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Span Life Expectancy

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Between 1945 and 2004, Span life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Span in 1945 was 39, and 74 in 2004.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Span

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