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The noble surname Chaisson originated in the region of Maine, in France. Chaisson is a topographic surname, which is a type of hereditary surname. Topographic names were given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties. As a general rule, the greater the distance between individuals and their homelands, the larger the territory they were named after. For example, people who only moved to another parish would be known by the name of their original villages, while people who migrated to a different country were often known by the name of a region or country from which they came.

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The surname Chaisson was first found in Maine, where the family took its name in early times from Chassé, a village in the department of Sarthe, in the district of Mamers.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Chassé, Chassay, Chassaye, Chassey, Chasset, Chassériau, Chassériot, Chassérieau, Chasériaud, Chassériaut, Chassériaux, Chaisson and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Chaisson research. Another 177 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1698, 1786, 1816, 1819, 1856, and 1880 are included under the topic Early Chaisson History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Chaisson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Jean Chassé, who married Marie-Joseph Migneau in Kamouraska in 1735; Jean-Baptiste Chassé, who married Anne Pinet in Kamouraska in 1785; and Joseph Chassé, who married Judith Quéret in Kamouraska in 1789..

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  • Ray Chaisson (1918-1983), American ice hockey player, inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame in 1974
  • Joel Thomas Chaisson II (b. 1960), American Democratic politician, Member of the Louisiana Senate (2000-2012), President of the Louisiana State Senate (2008-2012)
  • Eric Chaisson, American astronomer, educator and writer, best known for his study of the interdisciplinary science of cosmic evolution; he teaches natural science at Harvard University
  • Timothy "Tim" Chaisson (b. 1986), Canadian singer-songwriter from Souris, Prince Edward Island
  • Greg Chaisson, Canadian bass guitarist, known for his work with the band Badlands


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  2. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
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  4. De Ville, Winston. Gulf Coast Colonials, A Compendium of French Families in Early Eighteenth Century Louisiana. Baltimore, MD: Clearfield, 1999. Print.
  5. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  6. de la Porte, A. Tresor Heraldique. Paris: F. Casterman, 1864. Print.
  7. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  8. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
  9. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
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The Chaisson Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Chaisson 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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