Chin Family History

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Chin Name Meaning

English: variant spelling of Chinn. Chinese : variant of Jin 1. Chinese : Cantonese variant of Qian. Chinese : variant of Qin 1. Chinese : variant of Qin 2. Chinese : variant of Jin 2. Chinese : variant of Jin 3. Korean: there are four Chinese characters for the surname Chin, representing five clans. At least three of the clans have origins in China; most of them migrated to Korea during the Kory{ou} period (ad 918–1392).

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

Similar surnames: Chi, Chon, Ching, Chiu, Shin, Chun, Chan, Chien, Che, Chim

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Chin Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Chin name?

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

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  • China


  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Benin/Togo


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


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Chin Family Origin

Where is the Chin family from?

Chin Family Occupations

What did your Chin ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Laborer, Farmer and Miner were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Chin. A less common occupation for the Chin family was Farm Laborer. The most common Chin occupation in the USA was Laborer. 15% of Chin's were Laborers.

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  • Laborer

  • Farmer

  • Miner

  • Farm Laborer


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

Chin Historical Records

What Chin family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 29,000 census records available for the last name Chin. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Chin 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 88,000 immigration records available for the last name Chin. 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 10,000 military records available for the last name Chin. For the veterans among your Chin ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Chin Life Expectancy

What is the average Chin lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Chin life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Chin in 1944 was 24, and 74 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Chin

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Chin 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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