Chaney Family History

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Chaney Name Meaning

English: variant of Chesney. French: habitational name from any of the various places called Chanet or Le Chanet, from Latin canna ‘reed’ + the suffix -etum denoting an inhabitant.

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

Similar surnames: Cheney, Chancey, Chancy, Haney, Charney, Chandley, Hanley, Cheaney

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Chaney Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Chaney name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Chaney. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Benin/Togo


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Chaney Family Origin

Where is the Chaney family from?

Chaney Family Occupations

What did your Chaney ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Chaney family was Farming. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Chaney. The most common Chaney occupation in the USA was Farmer. 48% of Chaney's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farming


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

Chaney Historical Records

What Chaney family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 109,000 census records available for the last name Chaney. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Chaney 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 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Chaney. 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 Chaney. For the veterans among your Chaney ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Chaney Life Expectancy

What is the average Chaney lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Chaney life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Chaney in 1940 was 32, and 73 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Chaney

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Chaney 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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