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Chaney Name Meaning

English: variant of Chesney. French: habitational name from any of the various places called Chanet or Le Chanet, from Latin canna ‘reed’ + the suffix -etum denoting an inhabitant.

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


Similar surnames: Cheney, Chancey, Chancy, Haney, Charney, Chandley, Hanley, Cheaney

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Where is the Chaney family from?

You can see how Chaney families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Chaney family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Chaney families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 37 Chaney families living in Ontario. This was about 42% of all the recorded Chaney's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Chaney families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Chaney surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Chaney ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Carder were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Chaney. 55% of Chaney men worked as a Farmer.

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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

  • Farmer
    55%
  • Laborer
    23%
  • Machinist
    14%
  • Labourer
    10%

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Carder
    100%
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What Chaney family records will you find?

Census Records

There are 109,000 census records available for the last name Chaney. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Chaney 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 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Chaney. 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 Chaney. For the veterans among your Chaney ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Chaney lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Chaney life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Chaney in 1940 was 32, and 73 in 2004.

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