Chinese: from the name of a place called Kan which
existed during the Spring and Autumn period (722–481 bc) in
the state of Lu, in present-day Shandong province. Some residents
adopted the place name as their surname.
(Ashkenazic): one of the many forms of Cohen.
Middle Dutch kan(ne), can(ne) ‘tankard’, ‘flagon’,
‘pitcher’, hence a metonymic occupational name for a maker of such
vessels: a potter or a pewterer.
Reduced form of Dutch van de
Kan: habitational name for someone from De Kan in Veurne or a
place called Kanne.
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