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10k
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since 1880
Last Name
773
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
interjection Nan
Anan.

Etymology: For anan

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Leavened bread baked in a clay oven in India; usually shaped like a teardrop
  2. A river of western Thailand flowing southward to join the Ping River to form the Chao Phraya
  3. The mother of your father or mother
  4. Your grandmother
Wiktionary

Possibly derived from a Celtic language.

  1. (Britain) Affectionate name for a grandmother.

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  1. Alternative spelling of naan

    nan was also found in the following language(s): Acehnese, Franco-Provençal, French, Haitian Creole, Japanese, Kurdish, Lojban, Lower Sorbian, Mandarin, Scottish Gaelic, Upper Sorbian, Wolof, and Zazaki

    Notable Persons Named Nan

    Nan Goldin is an artist in the field of photography. Nan was born on September 12th, 1953 in Washington, D.C.

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    Nan Britton was a secretary. Nan was born on November 9th, 1896 in Marion, Ohio, U.S. She passed away on March 21st, 1991.

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    Nan Martin was an actress. Her career lasted from 1955 to 2005. Nan was born on July 15th, 1927 in Decatur, Illinois, U.S. She breathed her last breath on March 4th, 2010.

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    Nan was given the name Nan Alison Sutter on December 14th, 1959 in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

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    Nan was born on March 1st, 1990 in Beijing.

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    Nan Vernon is an alternative rock singing. She plays Lead vocalist and Guitar. She was most prominent from 1990 to 1990. Nan was given the name Nancy Claire Vernon on October 7th, 1967.

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    Notable Persons With the Last Name Nan

    She was most prominent from 1990 to present. Yu was born on September 5th, 1978 in Dalian.

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    Huai-Chin was born on March 3rd, 1917. He breathed his last breath on September 29th, 2012.

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    Sun nan is a mandopop writer. He plays Vocals. Sun was born on February 18th, 1969.

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    Wei was born Wei Nan on January 8th, 1990.

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    Wang Nan is a table tennis player. Wang was born on October 23rd, 1978 in Fushun.

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    Deng Nan is a politician.

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

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    Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
    1880 16 16 0
    1881 22 22 0
    1882 24 24 0
    1883 28 28 0
    1884 25 25 0
    1885 31 31 0
    1886 39 39 0
    1887 39 39 0
    1888 46 46 0
    1889 52 52 0
    1890 39 39 0
    1891 24 24 0
    1892 28 28 0
    1893 32 32 0
    1894 52 52 0
    1895 59 59 0
    1896 56 56 0
    1897 33 33 0
    1898 37 37 0
    1899 45 45 0
    1900 53 53 0
    1901 41 41 0
    1902 39 39 0
    1903 45 45 0
    1904 56 56 0
    1905 41 41 0
    1906 44 44 0
    1907 42 42 0
    1908 50 50 0
    1909 46 46 0
    1910 53 53 0
    1911 45 45 0
    1912 59 59 0
    1913 63 63 0
    1914 74 74 0
    1915 93 93 0
    1916 114 114 0
    1917 102 102 0
    1918 108 108 0
    1919 114 114 0
    1920 124 124 0
    1921 109 109 0
    1922 114 114 0
    1923 125 125 0
    1924 118 118 0
    1925 115 115 0
    1926 129 129 0
    1927 110 110 0
    1928 133 133 0
    1929 121 121 0
    1930 130 130 0
    1931 129 129 0
    1932 132 132 0
    1933 138 138 0
    1934 150 150 0
    1935 151 151 0
    1936 145 145 0
    1937 154 154 0
    1938 141 141 0
    1939 197 197 0
    1940 189 189 0
    1941 173 173 0
    1942 217 217 0
    1943 216 216 0
    1944 190 190 0
    1945 175 175 0
    1946 223 223 0
    1947 255 255 0
    1948 225 225 0
    1949 235 235 0
    1950 204 204 0
    1951 233 233 0
    1952 229 229 0
    1953 229 229 0
    1954 215 215 0
    1955 253 253 0
    1956 218 218 0
    1957 209 209 0
    1958 211 211 0
    1959 181 181 0
    1960 165 165 0
    1961 147 147 0
    1962 124 124 0
    1963 113 113 0
    1964 86 86 0
    1965 68 68 0
    1966 49 49 0
    1967 49 49 0
    1968 38 38 0
    1969 37 37 0
    1970 24 24 0
    1971 35 35 0
    1972 22 22 0
    1973 23 23 0
    1974 28 28 0
    1975 14 14 0
    1976 20 20 0
    1977 16 16 0
    1978 19 19 0
    1979 22 22 0
    1980 12 12 0
    1981 13 13 0
    1982 20 20 0
    1983 12 12 0
    1984 9 9 0
    1985 10 10 0
    1986 10 10 0
    1987 14 14 0
    1988 5 5 0
    1989 16 16 0
    1990 11 11 0
    1991 8 8 0
    1992 9 9 0
    1993 10 10 0
    1994 9 9 0
    1996 7 7 0
    1998 8 8 0
    2000 8 8 0
    2001 5 5 0
    2002 6 6 0
    2004 5 5 0
    2014 7 7 0

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    Popularity of Nan as a first name

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    Popularity of Nan as a last name

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    Common last names for Nan

    • Jones
    • Smith
    • Brown
    • Davis
    • Wilson
    • Miller
    • Moore
    • Thompson
    • Harris
    • White
    • Walker
    • Hall
    • Nelson

    Common first names for Nan

    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Nan U.S.
      White 26.78% 64.26%
      African American 0.00% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 67.14% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 2.72% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 1.42% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Nan

    People with the last name Nan are most frequently White or Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander

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    Fun Facts about the name Nan

    • How Popular is the name Nan? Nan is the 2,461st most popular name of all time. As a last name Nan was the 30,277th most popular name in 2010.
    • How many people with the first name Nan have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 10,267 babies born with the first name Nan in the United States. That's more than enough people named Nan to occupy the country of Tuvalu with an estimated population of 10,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
    • What year were 5 or more babies first named Nan? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 16 new born babies.
    • When was Nan first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Nan is Tuesday, July 26th, 1870.
    • What year had the most people named Nan born? The highest recorded use of the first name Nan was in 1947 with a total of 255 babies.
    • Random Nan Factoid: According to the 1940 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Nan is not a popular baby girl's name in Massachusetts. Imagine that, only 5 babies in Massachusetts have the same name as you in 1940.
    • Weird things about the name Nan: Your name in reverse order is Nan. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Nan. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Nan? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 773 people with the last name Nan.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Nan? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Nan as their last name since less than 1 person in 385k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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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).
    • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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