Champ History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Champ reached England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Champ family lived in Campe or Campes, Normandy, where the family lived prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. The derivation of this location is from the Old French word camp, which means field. [1]

Early Origins of the Champ family

The surname Champ was first found in Warwickshire but looking back further, we found "Aluric Camp or Campa was a Domesday [Book] tenant in the eastern counties." [2] [3]

Robert Campe was listed in the Pipe Rolls for Warwickshire in 1195 and later, Tomas le Campe was listed in he Pipe Rolls for Hampshire in 1200. Down in Dorset, John Campe (Kempe) was listed there in the Pipe Rolls of 1205. [3]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 included: Felicia in Campo in Cambridgeshire; and William de Campo in Oxfordshire. Johannes de Kempe was found in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379. [4]

"Camp is a name that has been for six centuries characteristic of this part of England. It was represented in the adjoining counties of Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire in the 13th century. In the county of Herts, Camp is an old Saudon name (Cus.). John Camp was thrice Mayor of Hertford in the middle of last century. There are also Camps in Derbyshire. The Derbyshire Camps are now established in the Derby district." [5]

The Comper variant was first found in Somerset where Elyas Cumper was listed in the Curia Regis Rolls for 1224. Later, Walter Compere, le Compeyre was listed in the Subsidy Rolls for Sussex in 1332. [3] The name is from "Camper or Champer. Perhaps from Champier, near Grenoble." [1]

Early History of the Champ family

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Champ Spelling Variations

Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Champ family name include Camp, Campe, Camper, Campor, Comper and others.

Early Notables of the Champ family (pre 1700)

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United States Champ migration to the United States +

To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Champ family to immigrate North America:

Champ Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Champ, who landed in Virginia in 1622 [6]
  • Alice Champ, aged 20, who landed in Barbados in 1635 [6]
  • Robert Champ, who landed in Maryland in 1658 [6]
  • William Champ, who landed in Maryland in 1659 [6]
  • Stephen Champ, who arrived in Maryland in 1664 [6]
Champ Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Alexander Grand Champ, who arrived in New York in 1784 [6]
Champ Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • J. Champ, who settled in San Francisco, California in 1852
  • Henry Champ, who arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1862 [6]
  • Allen Champ, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1874 [6]

New Zealand Champ 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:

Champ Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • James Champ, aged 34, a painter, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mary Ann" in 1842
  • Elizabeth Champ, aged 35, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mary Ann" in 1842
  • Charles Champ, aged 7, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mary Ann" in 1842
  • Frederic Champ, aged 20, a labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "La Hogue" in 1874

Contemporary Notables of the name Champ (post 1700) +

  • Malcolm G. Champ, American politician, Mayor of Princeton, West Virginia, 1967 [7]
  • F. P. Champ, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Utah, 1928 [7]
  • Henry Champ (1937-2012), Canadian broadcast journalist, working for the CTV News, NBC News, and CBC
  • Champ Boettcher, American fullback in the National Football League
  • Champ C. Stonebraker, American Republican politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for Missouri, 1964 [8]
  • Champ Edmunds, American Republican politician, Member of Montana State House of Representatives 100th District; Elected 2010 [9]

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  5. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  6. ^ 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)
  7. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, April 22) . Retrieved from
  8. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 7) . Retrieved from
  9. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 19) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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