From the historical and enchanting region of France emerged a multitude of notable family names, including that of the distinguished lachance family. Originally, the people in this region went by one (personal) name. Surnames evolved during the Middle Ages when people began to assume an extra name to avoid confusion and to further identify themselves. These names then began to become "fixed" or hereditary between the generations. One of the types of names adopted as surnames were those derived from nicknames. Nickname
surnames were derived from an eke-name, or added name, and generally reflected some physical characteristics or other attribute of the first person that used the name. The lachance surname derives from the Old French word "cheaunce," which means "chance," and as such was likely originally a nickname
for a gambler, for a lucky person, or ironically, for an unlucky person.
Early Origins of the lachance family
The surname lachance was first found in Burgundy (French: Bourgogne), an administrative and historical region of east-central France, where this distinguished family has held a family seat
since ancient times.
Early History of the lachance family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our lachance research.Another 285 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1263, 1406, 1412, 1423, 1407, 1409, 1644, 1420, 1428, 1484, 1507, 1600 and 1656 are included under the topic Early lachance History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
lachance Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Lachance, LaChance, Lachancé, Lachancée, Lachancy, Lachancey, Chancé, Chancée, Chancy, Chancey, le Chancy, le Chancey, de Chancy, de Chancey, Chancel, Chansel, Chanceau, Duchancel, Duchansel, Duchanceau, Chancelier, Lechancelier and many more.
Early Notables of the lachance family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family at this time was Étienne de Chancey, advisor to the duke, 1420; Hughes de Chancey, a squire, 1428; Jean de Chancey, advisor to the... Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early lachance Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the lachance family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
lachance Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- G. L. LaChance, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1836
lachance Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
- Antoine Lachance, who arrived in Quebec in 1659
- Antoine Pepin dit Lachance (1632-1703) married Marie Teste in Canada in 1659
Contemporary Notables of the name lachance (post 1700)
- Janice R. Lachance, American 13th chief executive of the Special Libraries Association and a former Director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (1997-2001)
- Scott Lachance (b. 1972), American professional NHL hockey player who played from 1991 to 2007
- George Joseph "Candy" LaChance (1870-1932), American Major League Baseball player who played between 1893 and 1905
- Craig LaChance, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for Idaho, 1972 CITATION[CLOSE]
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- Jason Lachance, Canadian gold and two-time silver medalist Paralympic wheelchair racer at the 2000 Summer Olympics
- Georges-C. Lachance (b. 1926), Canadian politician, Member of Parliament for Lafontaine (1962-1974)
- Walter William LaChance (b. 1870), Canadian architect from Brockville, Ontario who principally designed rural schools throughout Ontario and Saskatchewan
- Michel Lachance (b. 1955), Canadian professional NHL hockey player for the Colorado Rockies (1976-1980)
- Claude-André Lachance (b. 1954), Canadian lawyer and politician, Member of the Canadian Parliament for Lafontaine (1974-1979)
- Arthur Lachance (1868-1945), Canadian politician, Member of the Canadian Parliament for Quebec-Centre (1905-1917)