KHAN - Name Meaning & Origin

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Last Name Meaning & Genealogy Links for the Surname KHAN

Meaning & Origin:

The ancient surname Khan is a contracted form of Khagan, from the Turkish khan meaning "chief or ruler." It was originally a hereditary title born by early Mongol leaders, such as the legendary Genghis Khan, but is now widely used as a surname throughout the Muslim world. Khan is an especially common surname in South Asian Muslim families, and is also one of the most common surnames in Pakistan.

Surname Origin:

Muslim

Alternate Surname Spellings:

KHANH, KAN, KAUN, CAEN, CAAN, CEANN, XAN (Chinese), HAN (Turkish)

Genealogy Resources for the Surname KHAN:

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KHAN Family Genealogy Forum
Free message board is focused on descendants of Khan ancestors around the world.

FamilySearch - KHAN Genealogy
Find records, queries, and lineage-linked family trees posted for the Khan surname.

Surname Finder - KHAN Genealogy & Family Resources
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Cousin Connect - KHAN Genealogy Queries
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DistantCousin.com - KHAN Genealogy & Family History
Free databases and genealogy links for the last name Khan.

MyCinnamonToast.com - KHAN Genealogy in All Regions
Centralized search results for family trees and other genealogy info on the Khan surname.

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References: Surname Meanings & Origins

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Hanks, Patrick and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford University Press, 1989.

Hanks, Patrick. Dictionary of American Family Names. Oxford University Press, 2003.

Reaney, P.H. A Dictionary of English Surnames. Oxford University Press, 1997.

Smith, Elsdon C. American Surnames. Genealogical Publishing Company, 1997.