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Gahan Name Meaning

reduced form of McGahan, an Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Eacháin, ‘son of Eachán’. in Leinster, a reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Gaoithin ‘descendant of Gaoithín’, a personal name from a diminutive of gaoth, an adjective meaning ‘wise’ (probably the sense here) or a noun meaning ‘wind’; hence in Connacht the name is sometimes ‘translated’ as Wynne or Wyndham. Occasionally it may be an Anglicized form of Mac Gaoithín ‘son of Gaoithín’, although this is more commonly found as McGeehan, an Ulster name.

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

Similar surnames: Mahan, Mcgahan, Hahn, Shan, Govan, Garin, Cavan, Gahn, Gean, Jahn

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Where is the Gahan family from?

You can see how Gahan families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Gahan family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Gahan families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 54 Gahan families living in Lancashire. This was about 31% of all the recorded Gahan's in the UK. Lancashire had the highest population of Gahan families in 1891.
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What did your Gahan ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Gahan. 76% of Gahan 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 Male Occupations in 1939

  • General Labourer

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Private Means
  • Domestic Servant
  • Office Cleaner
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Gahan. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Australia, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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There are 2,000 military records available for the last name Gahan. For the veterans among your Gahan ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Gahan lifespan?

Between 1955 and 2004, in the United States, Gahan life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 1996. The average life expectancy for Gahan in 1955 was 73, and 77 in 2004.

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