Chance Family History

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Chance Name Meaning

English: from Old French chea(u)nce ‘(good) fortune’ (a derivative of cheoir ‘to fall (out)’, Latin cadere), a nickname for an inveterate gambler, for someone considered fortunate or well favored, or perhaps for someone who had survived an accident by a remarkable piece of luck. Americanized form of German Tschantz or Schantz.

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

Similar surnames: Hance, Cane, Chancey, Chase, Choice, Chene, Dance, Lance, France

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Chance Family Origin

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Chance Family Occupations

What did your Chance ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Chance family was Farm Laborer. The most common Chance occupation in the USA was Farmer. 50% of Chance's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Chance.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farm Laborer


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

Chance Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 76,000 census records available for the last name Chance. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Chance census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Chance. 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 24,000 military records available for the last name Chance. For the veterans among your Chance ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Chance Life Expectancy

What is the average Chance lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Chance life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1941, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Chance in 1941 was 31, and 78 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Chance 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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