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Challis is an ancient Norman name that arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Challis 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.

Challis Early Origins



The surname Challis 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.

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Challis Spelling Variations


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Challis Spelling Variations



Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Challis, Challes, Challers, Challice, Challies, Challiss, Chalis, Chales, Chalers, Chalice, Chalies and many more.

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Challis Early History


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Challis Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Challis research. Another 222 words (16 lines of text) covering the year 1449 is included under the topic Early Challis History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Challis Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Challis Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Challis 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



To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Challis or a variant listed above:

Challis Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Phillip Challis settled in Newbury Massachusetts in 1637
  • Edward Challis settled in Virginia in 1639
  • Edward Challis, who arrived in Virginia in 1639
  • Philip Challis, who landed in Salisbury, Massachusetts in 1662

Challis Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • George Challis, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1872
  • Daniel Challis, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1879

Challis Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Michael Challis, English convict from Essex, who was transported aboard the "Agincourt" on July 6, 1844, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 24) Agincourt voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1844 with 226 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/agincourt/1844
  • William Challis arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Canton" in 1846
  • Walter Challis, aged 19, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Omega"

Challis Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Alfred Challis, aged 20, a gardener, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Chile" in 1874
  • Percy Challis, aged 19, a gardener, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Chile" in 1874

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Contemporary Notables of the name Challis (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Challis (post 1700)



  • J. M. Challis, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Kansas, 1932
  • F. H. Challis, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New Hampshire, 1920
  • Dr. Anthony Challis, Director of Engineering
  • Margaret Challis, Caversham Head Mistress
  • John Challis, British actor
  • James Challis (1803-1882), British clergyman and astronomer who observed the planet Neptune on at least twice occasions before its discovery, but failed to identify it as a planet

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Challis Historic Events


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Challis Historic Events




Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. Montague Edward Challis, British Assistant Steward from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking on May 29th 1914

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 24) Agincourt voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1844 with 226 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/agincourt/1844

Other References

  1. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  2. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  3. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  4. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  5. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  6. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  7. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  8. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  9. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  10. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
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The Challis Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Challis Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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