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Chandler Name Meaning

English (of Norman origin): occupational name for a maker and seller of candles from Anglo-Norman French chandeler ‘maker or seller of candles’ (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 2nd edition, 2022


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

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Where is the Chandler family from?

You can see how Chandler families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Chandler family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Chandler families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 166 Chandler families living in Massachusetts. This was about 12% of all the recorded Chandler's in USA. Massachusetts had the highest population of Chandler families in 1840.
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What did your Chandler ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Chandler. 19% of Chandler men worked as a Farmer and 7% of Chandler women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Chandler were Truck Driver and Housekeeper. .

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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
    19%
  • Laborer
    17%
  • Salesman
    4%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Maid
    7%
  • Teacher
    7%
  • Housewife
    6%
  • Housekeeper
    6%
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Passenger Lists

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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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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What is the average Chandler lifespan?

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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