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Early Origins of the Canham family


The surname Canham was first found in Suffolk where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1327 when Henry Canham held lands.

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Early History of the Canham family

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Early History of the Canham family


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Canham Spelling Variations

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Canham Spelling Variations


Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Canham include Canham, Canhem, Cavanham and others.

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Early Notables of the Canham family (pre 1700)

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Early Notables of the Canham family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Canham family to the New World and Oceana

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Migration of the Canham family to the New World and Oceana


Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Canham or a variant listed above:

Canham Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Robert Canham, who was naturalized in Detroit in 1855

Canham Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Chester Canham and William Canham, who were both recorded in the Ontario Census of 1871

Canham Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Charles Burnett Canham, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Planter" in 1839 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) planter 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Planter.htm
  • Margaret Elizabeth Canham, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Planter" in 1839 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PLANTER 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Planter.htm
  • John Canham, aged 19, a labourer, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Catherine" in 1851 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CATHERINE 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Catherine.htm
  • John Canham, aged 19, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Catherine" [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CATHERINE 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Catherine.htm

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Contemporary Notables of the name Canham (post 1700)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Canham (post 1700)


  • Major General Charles Draper William Canham (1901-1963), American commander of the 29th Infantry Division's 116th Infantry Regiment on D-Day
  • Scott Walter Canham (b. 1974), English professional football midfielder
  • Donald Canham (1918-2005), American athletic director at the University of Michigan from 1968 to 1988
  • Leigh Canham, British scientist who pioneered the optoelectronic and biomedical applications
  • Peter B Canham, Professor and Chair of the Department of Medical Biophysics at the university of Western Ontario
  • Marsha Canham, Canadian romance novel writer

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Citations

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  1. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PLANTER 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Planter.htm
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CATHERINE 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Catherine.htm

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