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Chance Name Meaning

English (West Midlands): from Middle English chea(u)nce ‘fortune luck; accident mischance’ (Old French cheance a derivative of cheoir ‘to fall (out)’ Latin cadere) perhaps used to denote a gambler or as a nickname for someone considered fortunate or well favored or perhaps for someone who had survived an accident by a remarkable piece of luck. Americanized form of German Tschantz or Schantz .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Hance, Cane, Chancey, Chase, Choice, Chene, Dance, Lance, France

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Where is the Chance family from?

You can see how Chance families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Chance family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Chance families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 18 Chance families living in Ontario. This was about 53% of all the recorded Chance's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Chance families in 1911.
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What did your Chance ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Labourer was the top reported job for people in the Canada named Chance. 39% of Chance men worked as a Labourer. .

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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 1921

  • Labourer
  • Teamster
  • Farmer
  • Mechanic
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There are 76,000 census records available for the last name Chance. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Chance 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 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Chance. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 24,000 military records available for the last name Chance. For the veterans among your Chance ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Chance lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Chance life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1941, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Chance in 1941 was 31, and 78 in 2004.

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