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The origins of the Anglo-Saxon name Challenger come from its first bearer, who was a challenger or champion. It is believed that the name was given to a knight who refused to accept the new Norman overlords at the time of the Norman Conquest. While it is not recorded what he did to express his refusal, it must have garnered him a lot of respect from his Norman chivalric peers, for they did not dispossess his descendants of their land; Phillip le Challenger was recorded in 1202, in Lincolnshire as Lord of a manor in the Assize Rolls of that county.

Challenger Early Origins



The surname Challenger was first found in Lincolnshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times before and after the Norman Conquest in 1066.

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Challenger Spelling Variations


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Challenger Spelling Variations



The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Challenger has been spelled many different ways, including Challenger, Challengor, Challinger, Challenge and others.

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Challenger Early History


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Challenger Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Challenger research. Another 350 words (25 lines of text) covering the years 1202, 1382, and 1565 are included under the topic Early Challenger History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Challenger Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Challenger Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Challenger Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Challengers to arrive in North America:

Challenger Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • William Challenger arrived in Philadelphia in 1790

Challenger Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • M. Challenger, aged 1, who arrived in America, in 1892
  • Mrs. W. Challenger, aged 25, who arrived in America, in 1892
  • W. Challenger, aged 28, who arrived in America, in 1892

Challenger Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • James Challenger, aged 21, who arrived in America from Abertillery, in 1904
  • William Challenger, aged 24, who arrived in America from Porth, Wales, in 1910
  • Mary Challenger, aged 43, who arrived in America, in 1911
  • James Challenger, aged 56, who arrived in America from Cyinmeir, Wales, in 1912
  • Albert E Challenger, aged 23, who arrived in America, in 1912
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Challenger Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Oscar Percivall Challenger, aged 28, who arrived in Toronto, Canada, in 1920

Challenger Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Challenger, English convict from Wiltshire, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on April 1st, 1822, settling in New South Wales, Australia [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 190 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1822
  • Samuel Challenger, English convict from York, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 29, 1828, settling in New South Wales, Australia [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 24) Albion voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1828 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1828

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Contemporary Notables of the name Challenger (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Challenger (post 1700)



  • H. S. Challenger (b. 1872), American Republican politician, News dealer; Member of Connecticut State Senate 23rd District, 1921-22
  • Benjamin Arthur "Ben" Challenger (b. 1978), English gold and bronze medalist high jumper from Loughborough, Leicestershire
  • Romeo Challenger (b. 1950), Caribbean-born, British-based musician
  • Okeem Challenger (b. 1989), Antiguan and Barbudan footballer
  • Frederick Challenger, Professor of Organic Chemistry, Leeds University

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Challenger Historic Events


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Challenger Historic Events




HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. Charles William Challenger (1899-1941), Australian Chief Stoker from Brunswick, Victoria, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 190 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1822
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 24) Albion voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1828 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1828

Other References

  1. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  2. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  3. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  5. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  7. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  8. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  9. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  10. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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