Chammen History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Cornwall, one of the original six "Celtic nations" is the homeland to the surname Chammen. A revival of the Cornish language which began in the 9th century AD has begun. No doubt this was the language spoken by distant forebears of the Chammen family. Though surnames became common during medieval times, English people were formerly known only by a single name. The way in which hereditary surnames were adopted in medieval England is fascinating. Many Cornish surnames appear to be topographic surnames, which were given to people who resided near physical features such as hills, streams, churches, or types of trees, many are actually habitation surnames. The name Chammen is a local type of surname and the Chammen family lived in Devon, at the village of Chamonde.
Early Origins of the Chammen family
The surname Chammen was first found in Devon and Cornwall. The "manor called Trenoweth Chammon, [in the parish of St. Keverne] belonged formerly to the family of Chammon; and hence probably it assumed the name. It is now the property of the Vyvyan family." 
"In the year 1537 the cell [in the parish of Launcells, Cornwall] was granted by Henry VIII. to Sir John Chamond; and here this family took up their residence for several generations. Carew says, 'Upon one side of the town lyeth Mr. Chamond's house and place of Launcells so called, for that it was sometimes a cell, appertaining to the abbot of Hartland. This gentleman's father lately deceased, received at God's hands an extraordinary favour of long life. He served in the office of a justice of peace almost sixty years. He knew fifty several judges of the western circuit. He was uncle and great uncle to at least 300; wherein yet his uncle and neighbour Mr. Grenville, parson of Kilkhampton, did exceed him. He married one of the daughters and heirs of Trevenner, and by her saw five sons and two daughters, the youngest outstepping forty years. Sir John Chamond, his father, a man learned in the common laws, was knighted at the sepulchre.' The last of this family died in 1624, to whose memory there is a monument in the parish church." 
Early History of the Chammen family
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Chammen Spelling Variations
Cornish surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The official court languages, which were Latin and French, were also influential on the spelling of a surname. Since the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. Lastly, spelling variations often resulted from the linguistic differences between the people of Cornwall and the rest of England. The Cornish spoke a unique Brythonic Celtic language which was first recorded in written documents during the 10th century. However, they became increasingly Anglicized, and Cornish became extinct as a spoken language in 1777, although it has been revived by Cornish patriots in the modern era. The name has been spelled Chamen, Chamme, Chammen, Chamund, Chamun, Chamin, Chammond and many more.
Early Notables of the Chammen family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family at this time was Richard Chamun, a prominent 13th century landholder in Cambridgeshire.
Sir John Chamond (by 1488-1544), of Launcells, Cornwall, was an English lawyer and Member of Parliament. He was the High Sheriff of Cornwall in 1529 and 1537 and the Member of Parliament for Cornwall from 1539 to 1540.
Emmanuel Chamond (c. 1553-1611), of the Middle Temple and St...
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Migration of the Chammen family
An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Chammen or a variant listed above: Mr. Chamin who arrived in San Francisco in 1851.
- ^ Hutchins, Fortescue, The History of Cornwall, from the Earliest Records and Traditions to the Present Time. London: William Penaluna, 1824. Print