The name Chalas reached England
in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Chalas family lived in Hertfordshire
. The family was originally from Eschailles, in Pas de Calais, Normandy
, and it is from this location that their surname is derived.
Early Origins of the Chalas family
The surname Chalas was first found in Hertfordshire
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 Chalas family
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Chalas Spelling Variations
Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Chalas family name include Challis, Challes, Challers, Challice, Challies, Challiss, Chalis, Chales, Chalers, Chalice, Chalies and many more.
Early Notables of the Chalas family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Chalas family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Chalas family to immigrate North America: Phillip Challis settled in Newbury Massachusetts in 1637; Edward Challis settled in Virginia in 1639; Robert Chalis settled in New England
Contemporary Notables of the name Chalas (post 1700)
- Fany Santa Chalas Frías (b. 1993), Dominican silver and bronze medalist sprinter
- Emilie Chalas (b. 1977), French politician representing La République En Marche