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since 1880
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Kanaan

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From Ancient Greek Χαναάν (Khanaán), from Hebrew כְּנַעַן (k'ná'an).

  1. Canaan (biblical character)
  2. Canaan (region)

Notable Persons With the Last Name Kanaan

Tony Kanaan is a racing driver. Tony was born on December 31st, 1974 in Salvador, Brazil.



Ghazi Kanaan was a Ministry of Interior (Syria). He was most active from 2004 to 2005. His military service ended in 2004. He left this life on October 12th, 2005.


Ali was born on December 12th, 1985 in Beirut.



Mouffak Kanaan is a soccer player for the Syria national football team. Mouffak was born in Syria.


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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1990 10 0 10
1991 6 0 6
1993 7 0 7
1994 10 0 10
1995 8 0 8
1996 7 0 7
1997 5 0 5
1998 13 0 13
1999 14 0 14
2000 9 0 9
2001 13 0 13
2002 15 0 15
2003 14 0 14
2004 26 0 26
2005 18 0 18
2006 23 0 23
2007 24 0 24
2008 23 0 23
2009 36 0 36
2010 25 0 25
2011 22 0 22
2012 26 0 26
2013 25 0 25
2014 26 0 26
2015 52 0 52
2016 74 0 74
2017 80 0 80

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Popularity of Kanaan as a first name

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Popularity of Kanaan as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Kanaan U.S.
  White 90.13% 64.26%
  African American 1.17% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 6.52% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 1.17% 16.26%

Of Last Name Kanaan

People with the last name Kanaan are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Kanaan

  • How Popular is the name Kanaan? Kanaan is the 14,389th most popular name of all time. As a last name Kanaan was the 37,288th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Kanaan have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 611 babies born with the first name Kanaan in the United States. That's more than enough people named Kanaan to occupy the territory of Cocos (Keeling) Islands (Australia) with an estimated population of 605 (as of June 30, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Kanaan? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1990 when it was given as a first name to 10 new born babies.
  • When was Kanaan first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Kanaan is Saturday, January 13th, 1906.
  • What year had the most people named Kanaan born? The highest recorded use of the first name Kanaan was in 2017 with a total of 80 babies.
  • Random Kanaan Factoid: According to the 2016 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Kanaan is not a popular baby boy's name in Ohio. Imagine that, only 8 babies in Ohio have the same name as you in 2016.
  • Weird things about the name Kanaan: Your name in reverse order is Naanak. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Nnakaa. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Kanaan? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 598 people with the last name Kanaan.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Kanaan? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Kanaan as their last name since less than 1 person in 500k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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