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Meaning and Origin of: Chance

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First name origins & meanings:

  • Old French : A church official or chancellor

Last name origin & meaning:

  • English : from Old French chea(u)nce ‘(good) fortune’ (a derivative of cheoir ‘to fall (out)’, Latin cadere), a nickname for an inveterate gambler, for someone considered fortunate or well favored, or perhaps for someone who had survived an accident by a remarkable piece of luck.
  • Americanized form of German Tschantz or Schantz.

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