Chestnut Family History

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Chestnut Name Meaning

English: from early English chesten nut ‘chestnut’ (from Middle English chesteine ‘chestnut’ + nut), a topographic name for someone who lived by a chestnut tree, or possibly a nickname for someone with chestnut-colored hair.

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

Similar surnames: Chesnut, Chestnutt, Chesney, Pheasant, Cheyne, Chesley, Cuesta

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Chestnut Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Chestnut name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Germanic Europe


  • Benin/Togo


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Chestnut Family Origin

Where is the Chestnut family from?

Chestnut Family Occupations

What did your Chestnut ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Chestnut occupation in the USA was Farmer. 41% of Chestnut's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Farm Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Chestnut. A less common occupation for the Chestnut family was Carpenter.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Farm Laborer

  • Carpenter


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

Chestnut Historical Records

What Chestnut family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 33,000 census records available for the last name Chestnut. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Chestnut 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Chestnut. 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 6,000 military records available for the last name Chestnut. For the veterans among your Chestnut ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Chestnut Life Expectancy

What is the average Chestnut lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Chestnut life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 1996. The average life expectancy for Chestnut in 1942 was 54, and 68 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Chestnut

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Chestnut 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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