Show ContentsChammonte History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The illustrious surname Chammonte finds its origin in the rocky, sea swept coastal area of southwestern England known as Cornwall. Although surnames were fairly widespread in medieval England, people were originally known only by a single name. The process by which hereditary surnames were adopted is extremely interesting. As populations grew, people began to assume an extra name to avoid confusion and to further identify themselves. Under the Feudal System of government, surnames evolved and they often reflected life on the manor and in the field. Lords and their tenants often became known by the name of the feudal territory they owned or lived on. Unlike most Celtic peoples, who favored patronymic names, the Cornish predominantly used local surnames. This was due to the heavy political and cultural influence of the English upon the Cornish People at the time that surnames first came into use. Local surnames were derived from where a person lived, held land, or was born. While many Cornish surnames of this sort 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 derived from lost or unrecorded place names. The name Chammonte is a local type of surname and the Chammonte family lived in Devon, at the village of Chamonde.

Early Origins of the Chammonte family

The surname Chammonte 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." 1

"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." 1

Early History of the Chammonte family

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Chammonte 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 Chammonte family

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 Chammonte family

An examination into the immigration and passenger lists has discovered a number of people bearing the name Chammonte: Mr. Chamin who arrived in San Francisco in 1851.

  1. Hutchins, Fortescue, The History of Cornwall, from the Earliest Records and Traditions to the Present Time. London: William Penaluna, 1824. Print on Facebook