Chard Family History

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Chard Name Meaning

English: habitational name from Chard or South Chard in Somerset, recorded in Domesday Book as Cerdren, possibly from Old English ceart ‘rough heathland’ + ærn ‘building’, ‘dwelling’. In some instances the surname may have arisen simply as a topographic name from ceart. French: from the personal name Chard, a short form of Richard; French: habitational name for someone from Chard in the department of Creuse.

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

Similar surnames: Hard, Clare, Card, Chad, Cardo, Chadd, Coard, Gard, Char, Hardt

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Chard Family Origin

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Chard Family Occupations

What did your Chard ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Farmer, Agricultural Labourer and Butcher were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Chard. A less common occupation for the Chard family was Labourer. The most common Chard occupation in the UK was Farmer. 3% of Chard's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Butcher

  • Labourer


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

Chard Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 50,000 census records available for the last name Chard. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Chard 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 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Chard. 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 5,000 military records available for the last name Chard. For the veterans among your Chard ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Chard Life Expectancy

What is the average Chard lifespan?

Between 1958 and 2004, in the United States, Chard life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1963, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Chard in 1958 was 52, and 86 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Chard

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Chard 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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