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Chain Name Meaning

French: from Old French chain, a device for catching birds, possibly applied as a metonymic occupational name for a bird-catcher or a hunter. In some cases it may be an American spelling of the French topographic surname Chêne (see Chene).

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


Similar surnames: Chapin, Cain, Hain, Cail, Fain, Haim, Chapp, Chan, Chai, Chia

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Where is the Chain family from?

You can see how Chain families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Chain family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Chain families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 9 Chain families living in Ohio. This was about 47% of all the recorded Chain's in USA. Ohio had the highest population of Chain families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Chain surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Chain ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Chain. 30% of Chain men worked as a Farmer and 17% of Chain women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Chain were Owner 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

  • Farmer
    30%
  • Laborer
    22%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Owner
    5%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housekeeper
    17%
  • Stenographer
    13%
  • New Worker
    13%
  • Laborer
    10%
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Census Records

There are 8,000 census records available for the last name Chain. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Chain 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Chain. 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 3,000 military records available for the last name Chain. For the veterans among your Chain ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Chain lifespan?

Between 1954 and 2004, in the United States, Chain life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1954, and highest in 1962. The average life expectancy for Chain in 1954 was 51, and 64 in 2004.

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