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Origin and Meaning of Han

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  • A user from Georgia, United States says the name Han is of Vietnamese origin and means "Delight, joyfulness, happiness".
  • According to a user from Texas, United States, the name Han is of German origin and means "Han \han\ as a boy's name has the meaning "God is gracious" and is a variant of Hans (Scandinavian, German, Danish, Hebrew): variant of John. The meaning of the name Hans is: Gift from God. God has been gracious. German variant of the Hebrew name John. The name Han is a German baby name. In German the meaning of the name Han is: Gift from God.".
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
To have; have.

Etymology: contr. (inf. & plural pres.) of Haven.

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  1. Imperial dynasty that ruled China (most of the time from 206 BC to AD 220) and expanded its boundaries and developed its bureaucracy; remembered as one of the great eras of Chinese civilization

From Mandarin Chinese (Hàn), from the dynasty founder Liu Bang's short-lived realm in Sichuan and Shaanxi among China's Eighteen Kingdoms, named for the Qin Empire's Hanzhong Commandery, headquartered at a city which also became known as Hanzhong

  1. An imperial Chinese dynasty, ruling (with interruptions) from 206 BC to AD 220, marked by the expansion of the Yellow River's Huaxia culture to the recent conquests of the Qin and a flowering of economic, literary, and scientific development
  2. The Chinese ethnicity, when distinguished from other peoples of the Chinese state

From Mandarin Chinese (Hán), an ancient Chinese placename

  1. An ancient Chinese county, viscounty, and kingdom of the Zhou dynasty and the Qin–Han interregnum
  2. The realm of this former state under other rulers
  3. (astronomy) The star Zeta Ophiuchi in traditional Chinese astronomy, named for this state

    Han was also found in the following language(s): Turkish

    Notable Persons Named Han

    Han Hyo-joo is an actor and actress. She was most active from 2003 to present. Han was born on February 22nd, 1987 in Cheongju. Han is also known as Han and Hyo-ju.


    Han Solo is a captain of the millennium falcon, general in the rebel alliance/new republic, smuggling, millennium falcon, rebel alliance, and new republic (star wars).


    Han van Meegeren was a painting, art forgery, painter, and art forger. Han was given the name Henricus Antonius van Meegeren on October 10th, 1889 in Deventer. He passed away on December 30th, 1947.


    She was most prominent from 2000 to present. Han was given the name Kim Ji-young on September 13th, 1980 in Daegu. Han is also known as Rachel Han.


    Han Hye-jin is an actor and actress. She has had major accomplishments since 2002. Han was born on October 27th, 1981 in Damyang County.


    Han Seung-yeon is a singing, dance, actor, singer, dancer, and actress. She was most prominent from 1997 to present. Han was born Han Seung-yeon on July 24th, 1988 in Seoul.


    Notable Persons With the Last Name Han

    Lu Han is a mandopop and k-pop singing, dance, and actor. Their career lasted from 2011 to 2011. Lu was born on September 15th, 1984. Lu is also known as Lu and Han.


    Emperor Wu of Han is royalty. His most notable accomplishments were from -141 to -87. Emperor was born as the child of Emperor Jing of Han and Empress Wang Zhi in Chang'an.


    His most notable accomplishments were from 2007 to present. Zhang was born on October 6th, 1984 in Heilongjiang. Zhang is also known as 张翰.


    Megumi Han is a voice acting, singing, voice actress, and singer. Her ongoing career started in 2008. Megumi was born as the child of Keiko Han on June 3rd, 1989 in Tokyo.


    Jenny Han is a child, young-adult fiction, and fiction author. Jenny was born Jenny Han in Richmond, Virginia.


    Emperor Wen of Han is royalty. He has been prominent since 180.


    How popular is the baby name Han in the U.S.?

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    Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
    1968 5 0 5
    1969 6 0 6
    1973 5 0 5
    1974 6 0 6
    1976 7 0 7
    1977 13 5 8
    1978 5 0 5
    1979 18 6 12
    1980 24 11 13
    1981 23 10 13
    1982 24 10 14
    1983 20 8 12
    1984 21 9 12
    1985 18 9 9
    1986 20 9 11
    1987 15 7 8
    1988 20 7 13
    1989 26 14 12
    1990 23 8 15
    1991 26 12 14
    1992 26 11 15
    1993 29 14 15
    1994 32 18 14
    1995 31 18 13
    1996 25 16 9
    1997 29 17 12
    1998 31 21 10
    1999 29 22 7
    2000 30 19 11
    2001 20 11 9
    2002 33 15 18
    2003 35 25 10
    2004 25 13 12
    2005 27 13 14
    2006 34 17 17
    2007 37 23 14
    2008 22 11 11
    2009 27 16 11
    2010 23 14 9
    2011 31 10 21
    2012 35 20 15
    2013 32 19 13
    2014 33 13 20
    2015 41 19 22
    2016 31 12 19
    2017 46 17 29
    * Years where the name was given to 5 or fewer babies will show zero to respect privacy.

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    International Interest for Han

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    Popularity of Han as a last name

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    Common last names for Han

    • Lee
    • Kim
    • Nguyen
    • Liu
    • Park
    • Huang
    • Cho
    • Li

    Common first names for Han

    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Han U.S.
      White 4.24% 64.26%
      African American 0.50% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 92.67% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.07% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 1.70% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 0.82% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Han

    People with the last name Han are most frequently Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander

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    Fun Facts about the name Han

    • How Popular is the name Han? Han is the 9,841st most popular name of all time. As a last name Han was the 1,182nd most popular name in 2010.
    • How many people with the first name Han have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 1,119 babies born with the first name Han in the United States. That's more than enough people named Han to occupy the territory of Niue (New Zealand) with an estimated population of 1,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
    • What year were 5 or more babies first named Han? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1968 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
    • When was Han first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Han is Monday, February 4th, 1878.
    • What year had the most people named Han born? The highest recorded use of the first name Han was in 2017 with a total of 29 babies.
    • Random Han Factoid: According to the 1986 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Han is not a popular baby boy's name in California. Imagine that, only 6 babies in California have the same name as you in 1986.
    • Weird things about the name Han: Your name in reverse order is Nah. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ahn. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Han? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 29,847 people with the last name Han.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Han? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 10 of them will have Han as their last name.

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    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
    • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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