Challen Family History

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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, Allen, Halley, Halle, Hillen, Hallin, Hollen, Hellen, Whallon

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Challen Family Origin

Where is the Challen family from?

Challen Family Occupations

What did your Challen ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Challen occupation in the USA was Farmer. 19% of Challen's were Farmers. Farmer, Farming and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Challen. A less common occupation for the Challen family was Cabinet Maker.

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  • Farmer

  • Farming

  • Laborer

  • Cabinet Maker


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Challen ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Challen Historical Records

What Challen family records will you find?

Census Record

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.

Search 1940's US census records for Challen

Passenger List

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 Card

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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Challen Life Expectancy

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.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Challen

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Challen ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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