Origins Available: French
The surname Challenor is derived from the Old English word "chaloun," which means "blanket." This word comes from the place named Châlons-sur-Marne, a prosperous industrial center in Europe, where these items were produced. The name is thought to have been occupational
for someone who made or sold blankets or coverlets. The surname Challenor may also be a local
surname given to someone who came from this place.
Early Origins of the Challenor family
The surname Challenor was first found in Powys
(Welsh: Powys), a Welsh
Kingdom in post-Roman times, now a county of Wales
created by joining the former counties of Montgomeryshire
, and Breconshire
, where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Challenor family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Challenor research.Another 305 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1472, 1558, 1521, 1565, 1559, 1615, 1595, 1661, 1650, 1699 and 1699 are included under the topic Early Challenor History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Challenor Spelling Variations
have an extremely large amount of spelling variations
of their native surnames to their credit. It was up to the priest or the scribe taking the official records to determine how the spoken name was to be made literal. As time progressed, the old Brythonic names of Wales
were recorded in English, which was especially problematic since the English language had extreme difficulty recording the highly inflected sounds of Cymraeg. Spelling variations
were, however, also carried out according to an individual's design: a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations could be indicated by spelling variations of one's name. The spelling variations of the name Challenor have included Chaloner, Challener, Challenor, Challinor, Chalener, Chalenor, Challoner, Chalinor, Challon, Challin, Challen, Chalen, Chalin and many more.
Early Notables of the Challenor family (pre 1700)
Prominent amongst the family during the late Middle Ages was Sir Thomas Chaloner (1521-1565), an English statesman and poet; Rev. Edward Chaloner, Chaplain to Charles I; Sir Thomas Chaloner (1559-1615), an English naturalist who introduced alum manufacturing to England; and Thomas Chaloner (1595-1661), an English politician, commissioner at the trial of... Another 60 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Challenor Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Challenor family to the New World and Oceana
During the latter half of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century, the people of Wales
journeyed to North America to find a new life. They made major contributions to the arts, industry and commerce of both Canada and the United States, and added a rich cultural heritage to their newly adopted societies. A look at the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Challenor:
Challenor Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Thomas Challenor, who settled in Jamaica in 1684
Challenor Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- W.H. Challenor, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hooghly" in 1846 CITATION[CLOSE]
State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HOOGHLY 1846. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1846Hooghly.htm
- William Challenor, English convict from Staffordshire, who was transported aboard the "Adelaide" on August 08, 1849, settling in Van Diemen's Land and Port Phillip, Australia CITATION[CLOSE]
State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 17) Adelaide voyage to Van Diemen's Land and Port Phillip, Australia in 1849 with 303 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adelaide/1849
Challenor Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- William Challenor, aged 43, a boatman, who arrived in Otago aboard the ship "Dallam Tower" in 1875
- Eliza Challenor, aged 37, who arrived in Otago aboard the ship "Dallam Tower" in 1875