Khan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Schleswig-Holstein, which is the northernmost state in western Germany, is the homeland of the proud surname Khan. Schleswig, which was included in the empire of the Franks as the "Danemark," was a northern border protectorate against the Danish Vikings. The duchy of Holstein was settled by the German Saxons during the 6th century. The Danemark, however, was granted to the Danes by Emperor Conrad II (990-1039), and the remainder of Schleswig-Holstein's history has revolved around the political question of Danish or German control of this region. Following the dissolution of the Holy Roman Empire in 1806, the two duchies were incorporated into Denmark. However, the Congress Of Vienna in 1815 granted the Holstein and Lauenburg to the German Confederation. In 1866, Schleswig-Holstein became a Prussian province and it became a part of the German Empire after the unification of 1871. After the First World War, a part of Northern Schleswig was restored to Denmark after the majority of the population had voted for reunion with Denmark.
Early Origins of the Khan family
The surname Khan was first found in Schleswig-Holstein, where the family contributed greatly to the development of an emerging nation and would later play a large role in the political conflicts of the area. The family branched into many houses, many of which acquired estates and manors throughout the surrounding regions, where they played significant roles in the social and political affairs. "Kahn" or "Kan" is a north German word meaning "skiff" or "barge."
Early History of the Khan family
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Khan Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Kahn, Kaehne, Kahne, Kan, Cahn, Caehne, Kaehn, Kehn, Kahns, Kahnes and many more.
Early Notables of the Khan family (pre 1700)
Notables of the time included Gün Temür (1377-1402), Mongol Khan of the Northern Yuan Dynasty in Mongolia, He ruled from 1400 to 1402, he was defeated by Gulichi (1402), who killed him as a result; Dilawar (Dilawar Khan Ghori), governor of the Malwa province of central India during the decline of the Delhi Sultanate, after serving at the court in Delhi, appointed governor at Dhar (1390-91), took the title of 'Amid Shah Da'ud; Orug Temur Khan (Gulichi), Mongol leader who temporarily enthroned himself Khan of the Mongols in the early 15th century, appeared in Mongolian history, leader of the Oirats, particularly...
Khan World Ranking
In the United States, the name Khan is the 1,728th most popular surname with an estimated 17,409 people with that name.  However, in Canada, the name Khan is ranked the 92nd most popular surname with an estimated 28,804 people with that name.  And in Quebec, Canada, the name Khan is the 732nd popular surname.  Australia ranks Khan as 427th with 8,743 people.  New Zealand ranks Khan as 502nd with 1,366 people.  The United Kingdom ranks Khan as 112nd with 43,443 people.  South Africa ranks Khan as 156th with 39,517 people. 
Migration of the Khan family
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Michael Kahn, who came to Philadelphia in 1733. Daniel Kahn settled in Pennsylvania in 1753; while Gottlob Kahn settled in Texas in 1846.