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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective Wan
Having a pale or sickly hue; languid of look; pale; pallid.

Etymology: AS. wann wonn wan won, dark, lurid, livid, perhaps originally, worn out by toil, from winnan to labor, strive. See Win

noun Wan
The quality of being wan; wanness.
verb Wan
To grow wan; to become pale or sickly in looks.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A computer network that spans a wider area than does a local area network
  2. Become pale and sickly
  3. Lacking vitality as from weariness or illness or unhappiness ("a wan smile")
  4. Abnormally deficient in color as suggesting physical or emotional distress ("her wan face suddenly flushed")
  5. (of light) lacking in intensity or brightness; dim or feeble ("the pale (or wan) stars" and "the wan light of dawn")

From Middle English, from Old English ƿann (“dark, dusky”), from Proto-Germanic *wannaz (“dark, swart”), of uncertain origin. Cognate with Old Frisian wann, wonn (“dark”).

  1. The quality of being wan; wanness.

Eye dialect spelling of one. Sense extended possibly as a result of the phrase your wan as a counterpart to your man.

  1. Eye dialect spelling of one, representing Ireland English.
  2. (Ireland) girl or woman

Inflected forms.

    wan was also found in the following language(s): Dutch, Gothic, Japanese, Mandarin, Nigerian Pidgin, Noone, North Frisian, Old English, Pipil, Scots, Sranan Tongo, and Tok Pisin

    Notable Persons Named Wan

    Wan was born in 1964 in Wuhua County.


    Wan Azizah Wan Ismail is a politician and surgeon. Wan was born on December 3rd, 1952 in Colony of Singapore.


    Wan was born in Po On, Guangdong.


    Wan Li was a Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, Chairmanof theStanding Committeeof theNational People's Congress, Minister of Railways, and Ministry of Railways (China). Wan was born on December 1st, 1916 in Dongping County. He died on July 15th, 2015.


    Cao Yu was a playwright. He was most active from 1933 to 1996. Cao was given the name Wan Jiabao on September 24th, 1910 in Tianjin. He left this life on December 13th, 1996.


    Wan was born on January 16th, 1960 in Kuala Kangsar, Perak, Federation of Malaya. Wan is also known as Wan Khair-il Anuar.


    Notable Persons With the Last Name Wan

    James Wan is a film director, film producer, and screenwriter. His ongoing career started in 1999. James was born on February 27th, 1977 in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia.


    Lee Wan is an actor. He was most prominent from 2003 to present. Lee was given the name Kim Hyung-soo on January 3rd, 1984 in Nam District, Ulsan.


    Gok Wan is a television presenter, wardrobe stylist, and fashion stylist. Gok was given the name Ko-Hen Wan on September 9th, 1974 in Leicester. Gok is also known as Ko-Hen Wan.


    Kim Dong Wan is a k-pop, j-pop, and dance music singing and actor. He has had major accomplishments since 1998. Kim was born on November 21st, 1979.


    Kuok-Koi was born in 1955. Kuok-Koi is also known as Broken Tooth Koi.


    Irene Wan is an actress. Irene was born on July 30th, 1966.


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    Popularity of Wan as a last name

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    Common last names for Wan

    • Wong
    • Kim
    • Chen
    • Chan
    • Liu
    • Fong
    • Park

    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Wan U.S.
      White 4.08% 64.26%
      African American 1.84% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 89.97% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.10% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 2.78% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 1.23% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Wan

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

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    Fun Facts about the name Wan

    • How Popular is the name Wan? Wan is the 66,749th most popular name of all time. As a last name Wan was the 5,911th most popular name in 2010.
    • How many people with the first name Wan have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 15 babies born with the first name Wan in the United States.
    • What year were 5 or more babies first named Wan? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1955 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
    • When was Wan first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Wan is Thursday, May 10th, 1888.
    • What year had the most people named Wan born? The highest recorded use of the first name Wan was in 1960 with a total of 5 babies.
    • Weird things about the name Wan: Your name in reverse order is Naw. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Awn. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Wan? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 5,831 people with the last name Wan.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Wan? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 2 of them will have Wan 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).
    • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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