Chalfant History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The origins of the Chalfant name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It comes from when the family lived in one of two parishes in the county of Buckinghamshire: Chalfont St. Giles and Chalfont St. Peter.

Early Origins of the Chalfant family

The surname Chalfant was first found in Buckinghamshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Important Dates for the Chalfant family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Chalfant research. Another 273 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1284, 1334, 1500, 1570, 1662, and 1689 are included under the topic Early Chalfant History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Chalfant Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Chalfant were recorded, including Chalfont, Chalfhunte, Chalfonte, Chalfehunt, Chaffaunt, Challfont and many more.

Early Notables of the Chalfant family (pre 1700)

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Chalfant migration to the United States

To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Chalfant family emigrate to North America:

Chalfant Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • David Chalfant, who arrived in Mississippi in 1799 [1]
Chalfant Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Geo. A. Chalfant, aged 60, who settled in America, in 1903
  • Henry Chalfant, aged 31, who immigrated to the United States, in 1905
  • Eleanor Chalfant, aged 34, who landed in America, in 1906
  • Frank C. Chalfant, aged 34, who landed in America, in 1910
  • Albert Chalfant, aged 60, who landed in America, in 1911
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Chalfant (post 1700)

  • Jefferson David Chalfant (1856-1931), American painter from Chester County, Pennsylvania
  • Kevin Chalfant, American BMI Award winning singer-songwriter
  • Henry Chalfant (b. 1940), American photographer from Sewickley, Pennsylvania
  • Kathleen Chalfant (b. 1945), American Tony Award nominated actress
  • Thomas Chalfant, American Democrat politician, Member of Pennsylvania State Senate, 1873-75 [2]
  • John W. Chalfant, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for Pennsylvania, 1876; Presidential Elector for Pennsylvania, 1876 [2]
  • Ida R. Chalfant, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1952 [2]
  • Herschel H. Chalfant, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives from Jackson County 2nd District, 1950 [2]
  • George O. Chalfant, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1964 [2]
  • George A. Chalfant, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1904 [2]
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 9) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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