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Early Origins of the Challon family

The surname Challon was first found in Burgundy (French: Bourgogne) where John, Count of Chalon (1190-1267) called the Old (l'Antique), was a French nobleman. He was the son of Stephen III of Auxonne and Beatrice, Countess of Châlon. He had three wives and 16 children. Amoung them was John I of Châlon (1259-1316), seigneur d'Arlay, founder of the Châlon-Arlay branch of the house of Ivrea.

Some emigrated to England shortly after the Conquest. "In the time of Henry 11. Harduin de Chalons married the heiress of Leigh in Devonshire, where his successors flourished for not less than three centuries and a half ; though the time when they became extinct has never been accurately ascertained.

Lyons reckons up twelve descents from the founder of the family, which would bring them down to the reign of Henry VHL, if not later. Their pedigree furnishes a list of great alliances; among them we find co-heiresses of the famous houses of Cantelupe, Mauduit, and Beauchamp. " Challons-Leigh," says Westcote, " takes denomination from the issue of the great Earl of Challons, of whose third son came Sir Harduin de Challons ; and after, Sir Peter Challons of Challons-Leigh under King John ; Sir Ralph, under Edward I.: divers others in descent, until Catharine, a daughter and heir of the family, weakened the strength of their state by strengthening St. Awbin ; yet there remained a branch of the same stock, but planted in another soil." This was in the parish of Tavistock. [1]

Early History of the Challon family

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Challon Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Chalon, Challon, Chalont, Chalons, Challont, Challons, Chalen, Chalan, Challan, Challen, Challan, Chalant, Challant, Chaland, Challand, Chalans, Challans and many more.

Early Notables of the Challon family

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United States Challon migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Challon Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Kath Challon, who landed in Virginia in 1705 [2]

Australia Challon migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Challon Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • James Challon, aged 36, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Fatima" [3]
  • Thomas Challon, aged 16, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Fatima" [3]

New Zealand Challon migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Challon Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Challon, British settler travelling from Liverpool aboard the ship "Viscount Sandon" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 13th February 1857 [4]

  1. Cleveland, Dutchess of The Battle Abbey Roll with some Account of the Norman Lineages. London: John Murray, Abermarle Street, 1889. Print. Volume 3 of 3
  2. 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)
  3. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The barque FATIMA 1850, 521 tons. Retrieved
  4. New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from on Facebook