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An Name Meaning

Chinese : from the name of the ancient country known in China as AnXi, located in present-day Uzbekistan. Traditional accounts record that the legendary emperor Huang Di (2697–2595 bc) had a grandson named An (the character for ‘peace’) who moved to the far west to establish AnXi, losing contact with the Middle Kingdom. When the people of AnXi decided to return to China during the Han dynasty (206 bc–220 ad), they adopted their tribal name, An, as their surname. Korean: there is only one Chinese character for the An surname; it means ‘peace’. Some sources indicate that there are 109 An clans, but only six can be documented. All had one common founding ancestor, named Yi W{ou}n, who migrated from China to Shilla Korea in ad 807. Yi’s three sons played a major role in resisting Japanese aggression during the reign of the Shilla King Ky{ou}ngmun (861–875) and received the surname as a reward from the king. It is now quite a common Korean surname and can be found throughout the peninsula.

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

Similar surnames: Han, Tan, Pan, Yan, Fan, Gan, Wang, In, Ban, Man

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You can see how An families moved over time by selecting different census years. The An family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1841 and 1920. The most An families were found in USA in 1920. In 1891 there were 2 An families living in London. This was about 29% of all the recorded An's in United Kingdom. London and 1 other county had the highest population of An families in 1891.
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What did your An ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named An. 50% of An men worked as a Labourer and 75% of An women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named An were General Labourer and Domestic Duties Unpaid. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1939

  • Labourer
  • General Labourer

Top Female Occupations In 1939

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

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What is the average An lifespan?

Between 1975 and 2004, in the United States, An life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1981, and highest in 1980. The average life expectancy for An in 1975 was 61, and 81 in 2004.

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