Campin is one of the thousands of new names that the Norman Conquest
brought to England
in 1066. It is a name for a professional champion.
In the Middle Ages a common manner of settling disputes was through trial by combat. Thus, proficient fighters would sell their services to represent parties involved in such cases by fighting on their behalf. The word derives from the Anglo Norman French word, campion,
of the same meaning.
Early Origins of the Campin family
The surname Campin was first found in Essex
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 Campin family
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Campin Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. When the Normans
became the ruling people of England
in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Campion, Champion and others.
Early Notables of the Campin family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Campin family to Ireland
Some of the Campin family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Campin family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Campin Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- William Campin, aged 22, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Strathnaver" in 1874
- Lucy Campin, aged 21, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Strathnaver" in 1874
Contemporary Notables of the name Campin (post 1700)
- Robert Campin (1375-1444), Dutch artist