Christion is one of the names derived from the families of the ancient Dalriadan clans of Scotland
. It is derived from the Latin given name Christianus,
which means "belonging to Christ." Christianus was also the name of the 12th century Irish saint and Bishop of Candida Casa, and brother of St. Malachy of Armagh. Thus, the surname Christian became an extremely popular name, particularly in regions of Celtic or Irish influence such as Scotland
, northern England
, and the Isle of Man
. It was also a common given name amongst the Danes and was the name of several Danish kings.
Early Origins of the Christion family
The surname Christion was first found in the Isle of Man
, where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Christion family
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Christion Spelling Variations
Spelling in the medieval era was a highly imprecise process. Translation, particularly from Gaelic to English, was little better. For these reasons, early Scottish names are rife with spelling variations
. In various documents Christion has been spelled Christian, Cristian, McChristian, McChristianston and others.
Early Notables of the Christion family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Christion family to Ireland
Some of the Christion family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Christion family to the New World and Oceana
The hardy Scots who made the crossing settled all along the east coast of North America and in the great west that was just then opening up. At the time of the American War of Independence
, many United Empire Loyalists moved north from the American colonies to Canada. Scottish national heritage became better known in North America in the 20th century through highland games and other patriotic events. An examination of immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Christion arrived in North America very early: William Christian who settled in Virginia in 1652; Captain Christian settled in Boston in 1763; Francis Christian settled in Barbados in 1769 with his wife and son Matthew.