Challis Family History

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Challis Name Meaning

English (of Norman origin): habitational name from Eschalle in Pas-de-Calais, France, which is named from Old French eschelle ‘ladder’ (Latin scala).

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

Similar surnames: Callis, Fallis, Allis, Charles, Chall, Chaplin, Wallis, Chellis

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Challis Family Origin

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Challis Family Occupations

What did your Challis ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Challis family was Farmer. The most common Challis occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 11% of Challis's were Agricultural Labourers. Agricultural Labourer, Labourer and Gardener were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Challis.

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  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Labourer

  • Gardener

  • Farmer


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Challis ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Challis Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 55,000 census records available for the last name Challis. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Challis 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 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Challis. 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 Challis. For the veterans among your Challis ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Challis Life Expectancy

What is the average Challis lifespan?

Between 1960 and 2004, in the United States, Challis life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1960, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Challis in 1960 was 34, and 84 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Challis

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Challis 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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