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The name Chancé was carried to England in the enormous movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Chancé family lived in Essex. They were originally from Chansay, Normandy, and it is to their tenure of residence in this area that their name refers.

Chancé Early Origins



The surname Chancé was first found in Essex where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Chancé Spelling Variations


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Chancé Spelling Variations



Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Chance, Chancey, Chaunceur, Channsy, Channsey, Chauncey, Chancy and many more.

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Chancé Early History


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Chancé Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Chancé research. Another 153 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1150, 1592, 1672, 1654, 1632, 1712, 1632 and 1719 are included under the topic Early Chancé History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Chancé Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Chancé Early Notables (pre 1700)



Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir Philip de Chauncy; and Charles Chauncy (1592-1672), English-born, American clergyman and educator from Yardleybury (Ardeley), Hertfordshire who became President of...

Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Chancé Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Chancé or a variant listed above:

Chancé Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Elizabeth Chance, who arrived in Maryland in 1668
  • William Chance, who landed in Maryland in 1668

Chancé Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Chance arrived in New York in 1710
  • Thomas Chance, who arrived in Virginia in 1715
  • Will Chance settled in Georgia in 1735
  • Jane Chance who settled in Grenada in 1774

Chancé Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Chance, aged 28, landed in Wilmington, Del in 1856

Chancé Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Chance arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Katherine Stewart Forbes" in 1839 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) KATHERINE STEWART FORBES 1837 arrived Holdfast Bay, near Adelaide, on October 17, 1837. . Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837KatherineStewartForbes.htm
  • Louisa Ann Chance arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Katherine Stewart Forbes" in 1839 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) KATHERINE STEWART FORBES 1837 arrived Holdfast Bay, near Adelaide, on October 17, 1837. . Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837KatherineStewartForbes.htm
  • William Chance, aged 30, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Mary Green"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Chancé (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Chancé (post 1700)



  • Wilmer Dean Chance (1941-2015), American Major League Baseball pitcher who played from 1961 to 1971
  • James Chance (b. 1953), born James Siegfried, American saxophonist, keyboard player, songwriter and singer
  • Greyson Michael Chance (b. 1997), American pop rock singer and pianist
  • Frank Leroy Chance (1876-1924), American Major League Baseball player
  • Merritt O. Chance, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Washington, District of Columbia, 1915-23
  • Joseph Bell Chance, American politician, Delegate to Texas Convention of 1833 from District of Washington, 1833
  • Homer Lee Chance, American politician, Member of Georgia State House of Representatives from Twiggs County, 1943-48
  • Genie Chance, American Democrat politician, Member of Alaska State House of Representatives 7th District, 1973-74
  • Frank Chance, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Ohio 8th District, 1880
  • N. W. Chance, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Minnesota, 1888
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Chancé Historic Events


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Chancé Historic Events




Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. William George Chance, British Staff Steward from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914

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Chancé Family Crest Products


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) KATHERINE STEWART FORBES 1837 arrived Holdfast Bay, near Adelaide, on October 17, 1837. . Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837KatherineStewartForbes.htm

Other References

  1. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  2. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  3. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  4. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  5. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  7. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  8. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  9. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  10. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  11. ...

The Chancé Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Chancé Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 18 November 2016 at 11:09.

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