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This unusual surname recorded as Hann, Han, Hane, Hankin, Hance, Hancke, Hankey, Hanson, and possibly others, is of early medieval origin. It is a nickname shortform development of the given name Johan, a "crusader" 11th century introduction into England, when the giving of biblical names particularly to sons of returning warriors from the Holy Land, was almost a national pastime. Johan or John derives from the Hebrew "Yochanan", meaning "Jehovah has favoured me with a son", although recent research also suggests that in some cases, the modern surname may be from the personal name Henry.

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