in the U.S.
since 1880



How popular is the baby name Chance in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1883 5 0 5
1915 5 0 5
1922 6 0 6
1924 6 0 6
1943 5 0 5
1944 8 0 8
1947 7 0 7
1955 5 0 5
1956 5 0 5
1957 5 0 5
1959 7 0 7
1960 6 0 6
1961 8 0 8
1962 36 0 36
1963 52 0 52
1964 49 0 49
1965 36 0 36
1966 51 0 51
1967 112 6 106
1968 63 0 63
1969 131 0 131
1970 132 5 127
1971 203 6 197
1972 168 0 168
1973 139 6 133
1974 200 15 185
1975 193 15 178
1976 149 8 141
1977 161 10 151
1978 307 11 296
1979 281 13 268
1980 219 12 207
1981 200 11 189
1982 193 6 187
1983 241 11 230
1984 898 18 880
1985 656 6 650
1986 520 12 508
1987 561 17 544
1988 636 14 622
1989 728 17 711
1990 816 22 794
1991 789 22 767
1992 792 20 772
1993 942 33 909
1994 1,386 39 1,347
1995 1,667 36 1,631
1996 2,293 50 2,243
1997 1,754 41 1,713
1998 1,591 48 1,543
1999 1,560 50 1,510
2000 1,724 31 1,693
2001 1,575 35 1,540
2002 1,477 29 1,448
2003 1,435 44 1,391
2004 1,370 50 1,320
2005 1,309 36 1,273
2006 1,311 42 1,269
2007 1,508 37 1,471
2008 1,427 28 1,399
2009 1,526 15 1,511
2010 1,456 25 1,431
2011 1,654 25 1,629
2012 1,538 30 1,508
2013 1,541 34 1,507
2014 1,550 34 1,516
2015 1,472 28 1,444

Want to know about the popularity of the Chance baby name? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 44,856 babies born with the name Chance in the United States. That's more than enough Chances to occupy the territory of Turks and Caicos Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 44,493 (as of July 1, 2012). The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1883 when it was given to 5 new born babies. The highest recorded use of the name "Chance" was in 1996 with a total of 2,243 babies. (That's a lot of baby Chances)

According to the 1995 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the name "Chance" ranks #74 in popularity as a baby boy's name in Idaho. Imagine that, 27 babies in Idaho have the same name as you in 1995. Across the entire United States a total of 1,667 babies also bear the same first name during the same year. OMG! It's tough being a popular person isn't it?

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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "Chance" mean? The list below shows the origins of Chance as well as things modernly associated with the name Chance such as celebrities named Chance.

Origin and Meaning of Chance

The name "Chance" is of English origin, and it means "Fortune, luck". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Chance
  1. A supposed material or psychical agent or mode of activity other than a force, law, or purpose; fortune; fate; -- in this sense often personified."It is strictly and philosophically true in nature and reason that there is no such thing as chance or accident; it being evident that these words do not signify anything really existing, anything that is truly an agent or the cause of any event; but they signify merely men's ignorance of the real and immediate cause." [Samuel Clark.]"Any society into which chance might throw him." [Macaulay.]"That power Which erring men call Chance." [Milton.]
  2. The operation or activity of such agent."By chance a priest came down that way." [Luke x. 31.]
  3. The supposed effect of such an agent; something that befalls, as the result of unknown or unconsidered forces; the issue of uncertain conditions; an event not calculated upon; an unexpected occurrence; a happening; accident; fortuity; casualty."In the field of observation, chance favors only the mind that is prepared." [Louis Pasteur.]"It was a chance that happened to us." [1 Sam. vi. 9.]"The Knave of Diamonds tries his wily arts, And wins (O shameful chance!) the Queen of Hearts." [Pope.]"I spake of most disastrous chance." [Shak.]
  4. A possibility; a likelihood; an opportunity; -- with reference to a doubtful result; as, a chance to escape; a chance for life; the chances are all against him."So weary with disasters, tugged with fortune. That I would get my life on any chance, To mend it, or be rid on 't" [Shak.]
  5. [Math] Probability.

Note: Many of the everyday events which people observe and attribute to chance fall into the category described by Clark, as being in practice too complex for people to easily predict, but in theory predictable if one were to know the actions of the causal agents in great detail. At the subatomic level, however, there is much evidence to support the notion derived from Heisenberg's uncertaintly principle, that phenomena occur in nature which are truly randomly determined, not merely too complex to predict or observe accurately. Such phenomena, however, are observed only with one or a very small number of subatomic particles. When the probabilities of observed events are determined by the behavior of aggregates of millions of particles, the variations due to such quantum indeterminacy becomes so small as to be unobservable even over billions of repetitions, and may therefore be ignored in practical situations; such variations are so improbable that it would be irrational to condition anything of consequence upon the occurrence of such an improbable event. A clever experimenter, nevertheless, may contrive a system where a very visible event (such as the dynamiting of a building) depends on the occurrence of a truly chance subatomic event (such as the disintegration of a single radioactive nucleus). In such a contrived situation, one may accurately speak of an event determined by chance, in the sense of a random occurrence completely unpredictable, at least as to time.

Note: This quotation is usually found in the form "Chance favors the prepared mind." It is a common rejoinder to the assertion that a scientist was "lucky" to have made some particular discovery because of unanticipated factors. A related quotation, from the Nobel-Prize-winning chemist R. B. Woodward, is that "A scientist has to work wery hard to get to the point where he can be lucky."

Note: ☞ The mathematical expression, of a chance is the ratio of frequency with which an event happens in the long run. If an event may happen in a ways and may fail in b ways, and each of these a + b ways is equally likely, the chance, or probability, that the event will happen is measured by the fraction a/a + b , and the chance, or probability, that it will fail is measured by b/a + b .

Etymology: F. chance, OF. cheance, fr. LL. cadentia a allusion to the falling of the dice), fr. L. cadere to fall; akin to Skr. çad to fall, L. cedere to yield, E. cede. Cf. Cadence

verb Chance
To happen, come, or arrive, without design or expectation.

Note: Often used impersonally; as, how chances it?

verb Chance
  1. To take the chances of; to venture upon; -- usually with it as object."Come what will, I will chance it." [W. D. Howells.]
  2. To befall; to happen to.(Obs)
adjective Chance
Happening by chance; casual.
adverb Chance
By chance; perchance.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A risk involving danger ("you take a chance when you let her drive")
  2. A measure of how likely it is that some event will occur; a number expressing the ratio of favorable cases to the whole number of cases possible ("if that phone call is for me, chances are it's my wife")
  3. An unknown and unpredictable phenomenon that causes an event to result one way rather than another ("we ran into each other by pure chance")
  4. The possibility of future success
  5. A possibility due to a favorable combination of circumstances ("now is your chance")
  6. Come upon, as if by accident; meet with ("She chanced upon an interesting book in the bookstore the other day")
  7. Take a risk in the hope of a favorable outcome
  8. Be the case by chance ("I chanced to meet my old friend in the street")
  9. Occurring or appearing or singled out by chance ("a chance occurrence")

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Alternative Meanings

C is for confident, no doubts here!

H is for hand, that you always give.

A is for admirable, you certainly are!

N is for name, a pleasant one indeed.

C is for caring, your finest trait.

E is for elate, you make others happy.

Your name in reverse order is "Ecnahc". A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give "Eanhcc". How do you pronounce that?

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Past life for Chance born Jul 30, 1979

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I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a male in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Austria approximately on 1550. Your profession was chemist, alchemist, and poison manufacturer.

You always liked to travel, to investigate, could have been detective or spy. Your lesson - to conquer jealousy and anger in yourself and then in those, who will select you as their guide. You should understand that these weaknesses are caused by fear and self-regret.

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