Chain Family History

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Chain Name Meaning

French: from Old French chain, a device for catching birds, possibly applied as a metonymic occupational name for a bird-catcher or a hunter. In some cases it may be an American spelling of the French topographic surname Chêne (see Chene).

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

Similar surnames: Chapin, Cain, Hain, Cail, Fain, Haim, Chapp, Chan, Chai, Chia

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Chain Family Origin

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Chain Family Occupations

What did your Chain ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Unpaid Domestic Duties was the top reported job for people in the UK named Chain.

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Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Chain Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 8,000 census records available for the last name Chain. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Chain census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Chain. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 3,000 military records available for the last name Chain. For the veterans among your Chain ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Chain Life Expectancy

What is the average Chain lifespan?

Between 1954 and 2004, in the United States, Chain life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1954, and highest in 1962. The average life expectancy for Chain in 1954 was 51, and 64 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Chain ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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