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First name origin & meaning:

Hebrew: Stalk, reed

First name variations: Kani, Kanny, Kaniel

Last name origins & meanings:

  1. Chinese: spelling variant of Jian.
  2. 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.
  3. Chinese: variant of Gan 1.
  4. Czech (Káň): from kanit meaning ‘to slobber or slaver’ and by extension ‘to gossip’, hence a nickname for a gossip.
  5. Czech: nickname from káně ‘buzzard’.
  6. German: derivative of the personal name Konrad.
  7. Jewish (Ashkenazic): one of the many forms of Cohen.
  8. Dutch: from 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.
  9. 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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