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DEHAN Origin of surname

DEHAN

Surnames derive from one of many different origins. Sometimes there may be more than one explanation for the same name. This family name derives from an occupation, profession or trade (also connected with raw material, finished product or implements associated with that trade).

Dehan is a form of Dahan. Dahan is an Arabic term for "house painter", but also for "oil merchant". Both words, being linked to oil, are sometimes traced to the biblical "he who anoints" (Leviticus 8- 12). Some experts believe that, as a Jewish family name, Dahan derives from the biblical Tahan, son of Telah, a descendant of Issachar (1 Chronicles 7.25). In certain cases, Dahan and its variants could be linked to Danan, which means "well known/famous" in Aramaic. One of the variants of Dahan, Abendahon (the "son of Dahon"), is recorded in Spain in 1370. Dahan, which sometimes becomes Daan, is documented in 14th century Spain and 16th century Morocco. Eddahan is mentioned in Spain and the North African city of Fez in the 16th century, and Bendahan is recorded in Morocco in the 17th century.

Distinguished bearers of the family name Dehan include the 20th century Israeli executive, Meyer Dehan.
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DEHAN Origin of surname
DEHAN

Surnames derive from one of many different origins. Sometimes there may be more than one explanation for the same name. This family name derives from an occupation, profession or trade (also connected with raw material, finished product or implements associated with that trade).

Dehan is a form of Dahan. Dahan is an Arabic term for "house painter", but also for "oil merchant". Both words, being linked to oil, are sometimes traced to the biblical "he who anoints" (Leviticus 8- 12). Some experts believe that, as a Jewish family name, Dahan derives from the biblical Tahan, son of Telah, a descendant of Issachar (1 Chronicles 7.25). In certain cases, Dahan and its variants could be linked to Danan, which means "well known/famous" in Aramaic. One of the variants of Dahan, Abendahon (the "son of Dahon"), is recorded in Spain in 1370. Dahan, which sometimes becomes Daan, is documented in 14th century Spain and 16th century Morocco. Eddahan is mentioned in Spain and the North African city of Fez in the 16th century, and Bendahan is recorded in Morocco in the 17th century.

Distinguished bearers of the family name Dehan include the 20th century Israeli executive, Meyer Dehan.
Written by researchers of ANU Museum of the Jewish People