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Hance Name Meaning

English: patronymic from the personal name Hann. English: plural form of Hand. Scottish: shortened form of Machans, an Anglicized form of Gaelic Mag Aonghuis, a patronymic from the personal name Aonghus (see Angus). Compare McInnes. French: derivative of German Hans. Dutch: from an aphetic form of the personal name Johannes (see John).

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


Similar surnames: Hanke, Lance, Hanley, Chance, Dance, Hand, Happe, Hanse, Vance, Rance

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Where is the Hance family from?

You can see how Hance families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Hance family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Hance families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 27 Hance families living in New Jersey. This was about 24% of all the recorded Hance's in the USA. New Jersey had the highest population of Hance families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Hance surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Hance ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Hance. 22% of Hance men worked as a Farmer and 11% of Hance women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Hance were Carpenter and Housekeeper.

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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
    22%
  • Laborer
    21%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Carpenter
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    11%
  • Teacher
    10%
  • Clerk
    8%
  • Housekeeper
    7%
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Census Records

There are 35,000 census records available for the last name Hance. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Hance 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Hance. 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 Hance. For the veterans among your Hance ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Hance lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Hance life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1992. The average life expectancy for Hance in 1943 was 42, and 73 in 2004.

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