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Chance Family History

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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Where is the Chance family from?

You can see how Chance families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Chance family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Chance families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 21 Chance families living in Indiana. This was about 15% of all the recorded Chance's in the USA. Indiana had the highest population of Chance families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Chance surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Chance ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Chance. 20% of Chance men worked as a Laborer and 9% of Chance women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Chance were Salesman and Housework.

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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
    18%
  • Truck Driver
    5%
  • Salesman
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    9%
  • Laborer
    7%
  • Teacher
    6%
  • Housework
    5%
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Census Records

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 Lists

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 Cards

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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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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