Male • Masculine
Origin: Modern English (variant of Grayson)
Meaning: From an English surname meaning “son of the steward”, derived from Middle English greyve “steward”.
England: The name Chance was carried to England in the enormous movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Chance 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.
France: From the historical and enchanting region of France emerged a multitude of notable family names, including that of the distinguished Chance 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 Chance 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. The surname Chance 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.