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Chesney Family History

Chesney Name Meaning

Scottish and Irish (Antrim Down): shortened Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac (an) tSasanaigh see McChesney . English (of Norman origin): variant of Chaney a cognate of 3 below. French: topographic name for someone who lived by or in an oak wood from Old French chesnai ‘oak grove’ (from chesne ‘oak’). Compare Cheney

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Cheyne, Chene, Cheney, Chesley, Charney, Cerney, Cherney, Hesley

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Where is the Chesney family from?

You can see how Chesney families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Chesney family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Chesney families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 5 Chesney families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 19% of all the recorded Chesney's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Chesney families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Chesney surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Chesney ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Chesney. 20% of Chesney men worked as a Laborer and 11% of Chesney women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Chesney were Truck Driver and Laborer. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
    20%
  • Farmer
    14%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Stenographer
    11%
  • Clerk
    11%
  • Maid
    7%
  • Laborer
    6%
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Census Records

There are 30,000 census records available for the last name Chesney. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Chesney census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Chesney. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 4,000 military records available for the last name Chesney. For the veterans among your Chesney ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Chesney lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Chesney life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1940, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Chesney in 1940 was 33, and 77 in 2004.

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