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Chard Name Meaning

English: habitational name from Chard or South Chard in Somerset, recorded in Domesday Book as Cerdren, possibly from Old English ceart ‘rough heathland’ + ærn ‘building’, ‘dwelling’. In some instances the surname may have arisen simply as a topographic name from ceart. French: from the personal name Chard, a short form of Richard; French: habitational name for someone from Chard in the department of Creuse.

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


Similar surnames: Hard, Clare, Card, Chad, Cardo, Chadd, Coard, Gard, Char, Hardt

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Where is the Chard family from?

You can see how Chard families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Chard family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Chard families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 8 Chard families living in New York. This was about 27% of all the recorded Chard's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Chard families in 1840.
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What did your Chard ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Chard. 22% of Chard men worked as a Laborer and 12% of Chard women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Chard were Clerk and Saleslady.

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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
    22%
  • Farmer
    15%
  • Salesman
    8%
  • Clerk
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
    12%
  • Housewife
    11%
  • Teacher
    9%
  • Saleslady
    7%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Chard. 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 5,000 military records available for the last name Chard. For the veterans among your Chard ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Chard lifespan?

Between 1958 and 2004, in the United States, Chard life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1963, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Chard in 1958 was 52, and 86 in 2004.

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