There are multiple origins and translations for the Zhan:
1. Turkic (Kazakh, Kyrgyz and Tatar (җан)) name-giving only, comes from the Persian (جان) [Jan] interpretation - "soul, spirit; life".
2. Chinese name (战) - "war, battle, fight" or of (占) - "divine" or of (湛) - "crystal, clear".
3. Derivative form of the name Jean/Iohannes/John - "Jehovah (God) is gracious (Hanan)".
4. Buryat (жан) only name-giving denotation - "embellishment".
May also refer to Zhan (feminine name ).