Girl name origins & meanings
- Old French : A church official or chancellor
Family name origins & meanings
- 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 GermanTschantz or Schantz.