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- As a Slovene surname, from župan (“head of a district”), from župa (“district”); compare Zupan.
- As a German surname, variant of Spahn; also Spann.
- As a Jewish surname from Span (“chip”) (probably through Yiddish).
Span (plural Spans)
- A surname.
- Hanks, Patrick, editor (2003), “Span”, in Dictionary of American Family Names, volume 3, New York City: Oxford University Press, →ISBN.
From Middle High German spān, from Old High German spān (“chip of wood, shaving”), from Proto-West Germanic *spānu (“chip, shaving”). Cognate with Old English spōn (“piece of wood, chip”). More at spoon.
Declension of Span [masculine, strong]
- “Span” in Duden online