Chesney Family History

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Chesney Name Meaning

English, northern Irish, and French: topographic name for someone who lived by or in an oak wood, from Old French chesnai ‘oak grove’.

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

Similar surnames: Cheyne, Chene, Cheney, Chesley, Charney, Cerney, Cherney, Hesley

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Chesney Family Origin

Where is the Chesney family from?

Chesney Family Occupations

What did your Chesney ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Chesney occupation in the UK was Coal Miner. 7% of Chesney's were Coal Miners. Coal Miner, Accountant and Draper were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Chesney. A less common occupation for the Chesney family was Joiner.

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  • Coal Miner

  • Accountant

  • Draper

  • Joiner


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

Chesney Historical Records

What Chesney family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Chesney. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Chesney census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

Search 1891 UK census records for Chesney

Passenger List

There are 642 immigration records available for the last name Chesney. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Chesney. For the veterans among your Chesney ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Chesney Life Expectancy

What is the average Chesney lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Chesney life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1940, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Chesney in 1940 was 33, and 77 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Chesney

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Chesney 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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