Chandler Family History

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Chandler Name Meaning

English: occupational name for a maker and seller of candles, from Middle English cha(u)ndeler (Old French chandelier, Late Latin candelarius, a derivative of candela ‘candle’). While a medieval chandler no doubt made and sold other articles beside candles, the extended sense of modern English chandler does not occur until the 16th century. The name may also, more rarely, have denoted someone who was responsible for the lighting arrangements in a large house, or else one who owed rent in the form of wax or candles.

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

Similar surnames: Chandley, Sandler, Kandler, Schindler, Canner, Bandler, Chalker

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Chandler Family Origin

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Chandler Family Occupations

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In 1880, Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Chandler. The most common Chandler occupation in the USA was Farmer. 41% of Chandler's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Chandler family was Farming.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farming


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Chandler Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 546,000 census records available for the last name Chandler. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Chandler 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 38,000 immigration records available for the last name Chandler. 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 90,000 military records available for the last name Chandler. For the veterans among your Chandler ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Chandler Life Expectancy

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Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Chandler life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Chandler in 1941 was 41, and 73 in 2004.

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