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Chin Family History

Chin Name Meaning

English: variant spelling of Chinn. Chinese : variant of Jin 1. Chinese : Cantonese variant of Qian. Chinese : variant of Qin 1. Chinese : variant of Qin 2. Chinese : variant of Jin 2. Chinese : variant of Jin 3. Korean: there are four Chinese characters for the surname Chin, representing five clans. At least three of the clans have origins in China; most of them migrated to Korea during the Kory{ou} period (ad 918–1392).

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

Similar surnames: Chi, Chon, Ching, Chiu, Shin, Chun, Chan, Chien, Che, Chim

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Where is the Chin family from?

You can see how Chin families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Chin family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Chin families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 127 Chin families living in British Columbia. This was about 67% of all the recorded Chin's in Canada. British Columbia had the highest population of Chin families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Chin surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Chin ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Labourer was the top reported job for people in the CA named Chin. 27% of Chin 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
  • Cook
  • Laundryman
  • Farmer
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Census Records

There are 29,000 census records available for the last name Chin. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Chin 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 88,000 immigration records available for the last name Chin. 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 10,000 military records available for the last name Chin. For the veterans among your Chin ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Chin lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Chin life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Chin in 1944 was 24, and 74 in 2004.

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