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Chantry Name Meaning

English: from Old French chanterie, a term which originally meant the singing or chanting of a mass, but later came to denote in turn the endowment of a priest to sing mass daily on behalf of the souls of the dead, the priest so endowed, and eventually the chapel where he officiated. The surname therefore may have arisen from a metonymic occupational name for the servant of a chantry priest, or possibly for the priest himself, or alternatively from a topographic name for someone who lived by a chantry chapel.

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


Similar surnames: Chard, Chant, Santry, Chandley, Canto, Chenery, Chancy, Chancey

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Where is the Chantry family from?

You can see how Chantry families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Chantry family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1840 and 1920. The most Chantry families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1911 there were 5 Chantry families living in Saskatchewan. This was about 71% of all the recorded Chantry's in Canada. Saskatchewan had the highest population of Chantry families in 1911.
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What did your Chantry ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Builders Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Chantry. 18% of Chantry men worked as a Builders Labourer and 70% of Chantry women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Chantry were Farm Labourer and Unpaid Domestic.

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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.

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Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • Builders Labourer
    18%
  • Capstan Lathe Hand
    12%
  • Dock Labourer
    12%
  • Farm Labourer
    12%

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    70%
  • Housewife
    5%
  • Housekeeper
    5%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    4%
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Census Records

There are 10,000 census records available for the last name Chantry. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Chantry 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 470 immigration records available for the last name Chantry. 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 701 military records available for the last name Chantry. For the veterans among your Chantry ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Chantry lifespan?

Between 1957 and 2004, in the United States, Chantry life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 1992. The average life expectancy for Chantry in 1957 was 42, and 82 in 2004.

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