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Dechant Name Meaning

German: occupational name for the master of a guild or the supervisor of a ecclesiastical or secular administrative unit, from Middle High German techant, dechent ‘one in charge of ten men’ (Latin decanus). French (also De Chant): of uncertain derivation; perhaps an altered spelling of Deschamps (see Champ).

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


Similar surnames: Dechert, Merchant, Drabant, Descant, Derman, De Hart, Ducat, Chant

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Where is the Dechant family from?

You can see how Dechant families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Dechant family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1841 and 1920. The most Dechant families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 57 Dechant families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 43% of all the recorded Dechant's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Dechant families in 1880.
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What did your Dechant ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Dechant. 38% of Dechant men worked as a Farmer and 30% of Dechant women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Dechant were Machinist and Looper.

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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
    38%
  • Laborer
    18%
  • Farming
    9%
  • Machinist
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
    30%
  • Housewife
    25%
  • Stenographer
    15%
  • Looper
    10%
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Census Records

There are 5,000 census records available for the last name Dechant. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Dechant census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 545 immigration records available for the last name Dechant. 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 2,000 military records available for the last name Dechant. For the veterans among your Dechant ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Dechant lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Dechant life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1964. The average life expectancy for Dechant in 1944 was 21, and 79 in 2004.

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