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Where did the English Chalfant family come from? What is the English Chalfant family crest and coat of arms? When did the Chalfant family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Chalfant family history?

The origins of the Chalfant name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It comes from when the family lived in one of two parishes in the county of Buckinghamshire: Chalfont St. Giles and Chalfont St. Peter.

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Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Chalfant were recorded, including Chalfont, Chalfhunte, Chalfonte, Chalfehunt, Chaffaunt, Challfont and many more.

First found in Buckinghamshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Chalfant research. Another 500 words(36 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1284, 1334, 1500, 1570, 1662, and 1689 are included under the topic Early Chalfant History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Chalfant Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Chalfant family emigrate to North America:

Chalfant Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • David Chalfant, who arrived in Mississippi in 1799

Chalfant Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Geo. A. Chalfant, aged 60, who settled in America, in 1903
  • Henry Chalfant, aged 31, who emigrated to the United States, in 1905
  • Eleanor Chalfant, aged 34, who landed in America, in 1906
  • Frank C. Chalfant, aged 34, who landed in America, in 1910
  • Albert Chalfant, aged 60, who landed in America, in 1911


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  • Kathleen Chalfant (b. 1945), American Tony Award nominated actress
  • Henry Chalfant (b. 1940), American photographer from Sewickley, Pennsylvania
  • Kevin Chalfant, American BMI Award winning singer-songwriter
  • Jefferson David Chalfant (1856-1931), American painter from Chester County, Pennsylvania


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The Chalfant Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Chalfant Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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