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Campey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Campey reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Campey family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Campey family lived in Yorkshire. The name, however, is a reference to the area of Campe or Campes, Normandy, where the family lived prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. The derivation of this location is from the Old French word camp, which means field.

Early Origins of the Campey family

The surname Campey was first found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Campey family

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Campey Spelling Variations

Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Camp, Campe and others.

Early Notables of the Campey family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Campey family to the New World and Oceana

Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Campey name or one of its variants: Nicholas Camp who settled in New Haven in 1630; Mrs. Camp settled in Boston in 1769 with her daughter; Daniel, James, John, Joseph, Thomas, arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1875..

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