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Challen Family History

Challen Name Meaning

Historically, surnames evolved as a way to sort people into groups - by occupation, place of origin, clan affiliation, patronage, parentage, adoption, and even physical characteristics (like red hair). Many of the modern surnames in the dictionary can be traced back to Britain and Ireland.


Similar surnames: Hallen, Callen, Charles, Allen, Halley, Cullen, Chaplin, Halle

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Where is the Challen family from?

You can see how Challen families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Challen family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Challen families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there was 1 Challen family living in Illinois. This was about 50% of all the recorded Challen's in the USA. Illinois and 1 other state had the highest population of Challen families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Challen surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Challen ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer was the top reported job for people in the US named Challen. 44% of Challen men worked as a Farmer.

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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
    44%
  • Laborer
    19%
  • Salesman
    13%
  • Bookkeeper
    13%
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What Challen family records will you find?

Census Records

There are 14,000 census records available for the last name Challen. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Challen 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 993 immigration records available for the last name Challen. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Challen. For the veterans among your Challen ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Challen lifespan?

Between 1959 and 2002, in the United States, Challen life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1960, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Challen in 1959 was 60, and 72 in 2002.

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