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Hans Name Meaning

German and Dutch: from the personal name Hans a shortened form of Johannes (see John ). This surname is also found in France (Vosges Alsace Lorraine and Nord). It is also borne by Ashkenazic Jews presumably as an adoption of the German or Dutch surname. Indian (Punjab): Arora and Sikh name from Sanskrit hamsa ‘swan’ or ‘goose’.

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


Similar surnames: Han, Hanus, Haas, Hass, Hand, Hann, Jans, Hang, Hahn, Gans

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Where is the Hans family from?

You can see how Hans families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Hans family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Hans families were found in USA in 1920. In 1891 there were 71 Hans families living in London. This was about 41% of all the recorded Hans's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Hans families in 1891.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Hans surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Hans ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Unpaid Domestic Duties was the top reported job for people in the United Kingdom named Hans. 70% of Hans 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
    70%
  • Unpaid Domestic Duti
    10%
  • Domestic Servant
    10%
  • House Keeper
    10%
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Census Records

There are 57,000 census records available for the last name Hans. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Hans census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 11,000 immigration records available for the last name Hans. 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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Draft Cards

There are 47,000 military records available for the last name Hans. For the veterans among your Hans ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Hans lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Hans life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1991. The average life expectancy for Hans in 1942 was 42, and 73 in 2004.

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