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Challis History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



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.


Early Origins of the Challis family


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.

Early History of the Challis family


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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.

Early Notables of the Challis family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Challis family to the New World and Oceana


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, who settled in Newbury Massachusetts in 1637
  • Edward Challis, who settled in Virginia in 1639
  • Edward Challis, who arrived in Virginia in 1639 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Philip Challis, who landed in Salisbury, Massachusetts in 1662 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)

Challis Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • George Challis, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1872 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Daniel Challis, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1879 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)

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 [2]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, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Canton" in 1846 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CANTON 1846. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1846Canton.htm
  • Walter Challis, aged 19, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Omega" [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) OMEGA 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/omega1852.shtml

Challis Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

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

Contemporary Notables of the name Challis (post 1700)


  • John Challis (1907-1974), American builder of harpsichords and clavichords
  • George Challis (1892-1944), pseudonym of Frederick Schiller Faust, an American western author
  • J. M. Challis, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Kansas, 1932 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 9) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • F. H. Challis, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New Hampshire, 1920 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 9) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Thomas Challis (1794-1874), English businessman and Liberal Party politician who held office as a Member of Parliament and as Lord Mayor of London
  • John Henry Challis (1806-1880), English-born, Australian merchant, landowner and philanthropist; his donations to the University of Sydney helped found the Challis Professorships
  • John Challis (b. 1942), English actor, best known for his role as Aubrey "Boycie" Boyce in the BBC television comedy series Only Fools and Horses
  • Gordon Challis (b. 1932), English-born, New Zealand poet
  • Cecil Gordon Challis (1932-2018), English-born, New Zealand poet from Birmingham, England
  • Donald Challis (b. 1929), British BAFTA Film Award winning sound and dubbing editor, known for his work on The Three Musketeers (1973), A Taste of Honey (1961) and Help! (1965)
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Challis family



Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. Montague Edward Challis, British Assistant Steward from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html

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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. ^ 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
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CANTON 1846. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1846Canton.htm
  4. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) OMEGA 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/omega1852.shtml
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 9) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  6. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html


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