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Where did the English Chowning family come from? What is the English Chowning family crest and coat of arms? When did the Chowning family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Chowning family history?Chowning is a name that was carried to England in the great wave of migration from Normandy following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Chowning family lived in Kent, where they held lands and a family seat at Fairbourne (later Fairlawn).
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Chowning include Chowne, Chown, Chiowne, Chioune, Choon, Chiown, Cone, Chone, Cowne, Cown, Coun, Coune, Chune, Choone and many more.
First found in Kent, where the Chowning family was anciently seated as Lords of the Manor of Fairbourne (later Fairlawn). At the taking of the Domesday Book in 1086, a survey initiated by Duke William after his conquest of England at Hastings in 1066, this estate was held by Hugh le Vendee, nephew of Herbert and Ralph de Courbepine from the tenant in chief, the Bishop of Bayeux, and it is from Hugh which the family is conjecturally descended.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Chowning research. Another 249 words(18 lines of text) covering the years 1583, 1639, 1613, 1668, 1659 and 1668 are included under the topic Early Chowning History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 53 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Chowning Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Chownings to arrive on North American shores:
Chowning Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
The Chowning Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Chowning 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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