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Where did the English Campion family come from? What is the English Campion family crest and coat of arms? When did the Campion family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Campion family history?Campion is one of the many new names that came to England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The name Campion is 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.
Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Campion, Champion and others.
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.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Campion research. Another 167 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1250, 1296, 1291, 1640, 1702, 1689, 1698, 1701, 1701 and 1702 are included under the topic Early Campion History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 53 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Campion Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Campion family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 51 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Campion or a variant listed above:
Campion Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Jean Campion who settled in Virginia in 1621 with his wife and four children, and his brother Philip and his wife and one child
- Richard Campion, who landed in Virginia in 1622
- Robert Campion settled in Virginia in 1624
- Wm Campion, who landed in Virginia in 1658
- William Campion settled in Barbados with his wife and servants in 1680
Campion Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Robert Campion, who arrived in America in 1760-1763
- German Campion, aged 29, landed in Virginia in 1773
Campion Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Catharine Campion, who arrived in New York, NY in 1836
- Bridget Campion, aged 35, landed in New York in 1854
- Bridget Campion, who arrived in New York in 1854
- Alice Campion, aged 3, arrived in New York in 1862
- James Campion, aged 7, arrived in New York in 1862
Campion Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- A. Campion, aged 30, who emigrated to the United States from London, England, in 1906
- Anna Campion, aged 25, who landed in America from Freshford, Ireland, in 1909
- Annie Campion, aged 36, who emigrated to the United States from Abbeylein, Ireland, in 1909
- Andrew Campion, aged 34, who landed in America from London, England, in 1910
- Arthur Campion, aged 35, who emigrated to the United States from London, England, in 1912
Campion Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
- Pierre Campion, aged 30, arrived in Canada in 1643
Campion Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Arthur G. Campion, who came to Ontario in 1871
Campion Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
- Adelaide E. Campion, aged 62, who emigrated to Belleville, Ontario, Canada in 1911
Campion Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Ellen Campion, aged 27, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Lismoyne"
- James Campion, aged 18, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Nimroud"
- Patrick Campion, aged 44, a farm labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Navarino"
- Catherine Campion, aged 15, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Navarino"
Campion Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- E.J. Campion arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Asterope" in 1861
- John Campion, aged 18, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Constance" in 1862
- John Campion, aged 48, a carpenter, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rakaia" in 1878
- Cassie Campion (b. 1972), English squash player
- Paul Campion (b. 1969), Australian radio host and a two-time recipient of the Australian Commercial Radio Award
- Colonel Sir William Robert Campion KCMG, DSO, TD, DL (1870-1951), British politician and Governor of Western Australia from 1924 to 1931
- Kevin Campion (b. 1971), Australian former rugby league player
- Jane Campion (b. 1954), New Zealand film director
- Gerald Campion (1921-2002), British actor
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The Campion Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Campion 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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