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Duan Surname Meaning

Chinese:: Mandarin form of the surname 段 meaning ‘segment’ or ‘paragraph’ in Chinese: (i) from the personal name Duan (段) style name of Gong Shu Duan (共叔段) younger brother of Duke Zhuang of Zheng (ruler of the state of Zheng 757–701 BC) who later fled to the fief Gong due to his failure of a coup against his brother Duke Zhuang of Zheng. (ii) shortened form of the compound surname Duan-Gan (段干) traced back to Duan-Gan Mu (段干木) a person who lived in the state of Wei during the Warring States period (475–221 BC). (iii) from Duan (段) the name of a tribe from the Xianbei ethnic group in northern China. Mandarin form of the surname 端: (i) from Duan (端) the name of an ancient state (located in Shanxi province) which later became a fief in the state of Jin after its annihilation during the Spring and Autumn period (770–476 BC). (ii) shortened form of the compound Chinese surname Duan-Mu (端木) a surname traced back to Duan Mu Ci (端木赐) a student of Confucius (551–479 BC).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Yuan, Guan, Quan, Ruan, Ban, Du, Bean, Duke, Duman, Duin

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You can see how Duan families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Duan family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Duan families were found in Canada in 1911. In 1891 there were 7 Duan families living in London. This was about 41% of all the recorded Duan's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Duan families in 1891.
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What did your Duan ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Unpaid Domestic Duties was the top reported job for people in the United Kingdom named Duan. 84% of Duan women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. .

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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 Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Incapacitated
  • Hosiery Machinist
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Passenger Lists

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Draft Cards

There are 465 military records available for the last name Duan. For the veterans among your Duan ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Duan lifespan?

Between 1971 and 2004, in the United States, Duan life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1999, and highest in 1992. The average life expectancy for Duan in 1971 was 49, and 72 in 2004.

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