The present generation of the Chalfont family is only the most recent to bear a name that dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. Their name comes from having lived in one of two parishes in the county of Buckinghamshire: Chalfont St. Giles and Chalfont St. Peter.
Early Origins of the Chalfont family
The surname Chalfont was first found in Buckinghamshire
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Chalfont family
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Chalfont Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Chalfont include Chalfont, Chalfhunte, Chalfonte, Chalfehunt, Chaffaunt, Challfont and many more.
Early Notables of the Chalfont family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Chalfont family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Chalfont were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: David Chalfent, who arrived in Mississippi in 1799.
Contemporary Notables of the name Chalfont (post 1700)
- Frank Chalfont, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from West Virginia 2nd District, 1928 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 9) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html