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Thousands of new names appeared among the French people in the medieval period. Champagne appeared in Champagne at that time. It was a name for a person who lived at Champagne, in France.

Early Origins of the Champagne family

The surname Champagne was first found in Champagne, to which the family held the countship from ancient medieval times.

During the 12th and 13th centuries, the Champagne family were renown throughout the whole of western Europe for their textiles and "Champagne" wine which drew merchants and nobles alike. The descendants of the family of the count of Champagne trace their origin back to these times, and several cadet branches of the family were created, the Marquis de Villaines of Maine, de Champagne de la Suze of Maine, de Champagne' de Motteferchaut of Anjou, and de Champagne de la Pommeraye of Bretagne, to mention a few. The Champagne family were involved in the many facets of the culture and times, and during later years branches of the family established themselves in Austria, Geneva, Belgium, and Italy.

Jean-Baptiste Champagne, son of Charles and Catherine (née des Ombaes), travelled from île de Ré, France to Canada in the 17th century. He worked as a sergeant in the Marien detachment, and after arriving in Quebec he married Marguerite Legardeur, daughter of Michel and Marguerite (née Gambier), on 29th October 1703. Marguerite passed away and Jean-Baptiste remarried to Marie-Angelique Brisval. [1]

Early History of the Champagne family

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Champagne Spelling Variations

One can encounter great variation in the spelling of French surnames; in part, as spelling, and the spelling names was not yet standardized during the early development of the written French language. Later, there was much branching and movement of families, and spellings would change according to region. Variations of the name Champagne include Champagne, Champagn, Champaigne, Champaign, Chanpagne, Chanpagn, Chanpaigne, Chanpaign, Chempagne, Chempagn, Chempaigne, Chempaign, Chenpagne, Chenpagn, Chenpaigne, Chenpaign, Shampagne, Shampagn, Shampaigne, Shampaign, Shanpagne, Shanpagn, Shanpaigne, Shanpaign, Shempagne, Shempagn, Shempaigne, Shempaign, Shenpagne, Shenpagn, Shenpaigne, Shenpaign and many more.

Early Notables of the Champagne family (pre 1700)

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Champagne World Ranking

In the United States, the name Champagne is the 1,988th most popular surname with an estimated 14,922 people with that name. [2] However, in Canada, the name Champagne is ranked the 205th most popular surname with an estimated 18,644 people with that name. [3] And in Quebec, Canada, the name Champagne is the 73rd popular surname. [4] France ranks Champagne as 1,428th with 4,029 people. [5]

United States Champagne migration to the United States +

In the 1700s, land incentives were finally given out by France to 2,000 migrants. Early marriage was encouraged in New France, and youths of 18 took fourteen-year-old girls for their wives. The fur trade was developed and attracted migrants, both noble and commoner from France. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries, leaving French names scattered across the continent. The search for the Northwest passage continued. Migration from France to New France or Quebec, as it was now more popularly called, continued until 1759. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the Acadian presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had reached 500. In the treaty of Utrecht, Acadia were ceded by France to Britain in 1713. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England and were deported. They found refuge in Louisiana. Meanwhile, in Quebec, the French race flourished, founding in Lower Canada, one of the two great solitudes which became Canada. Many of this distinguished family name Champagne were prominent in social, cultural, religious and political affairs in France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Champagne were

Champagne Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • James Champagne, who settled in Virginia in 1705
  • Pierre Camusat Champagne, who arrived in Louisiana in 1718-1724 [6]
  • Pierre Champagne, who arrived at Louisiana in 1719
  • Pierre Champagne, who arrived in Louisiana in 1719 [6]
  • Bonaventure Champagne, his wife Cecile Labauve and their five children, Acadians who arrived in New York sometime between 1755 and 1760
Champagne Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Champagne who settled in New Orleans in 1821
  • Basil Champagne, who was on record in Wisconsin in 1877

Canada Champagne migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Champagne Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Francois Champagne, who settled in Quebec in 1641
  • Aubin Champagne, who settled in Quebec in 1665
  • Christophe Champagne, who settled in Quebec in 1665
  • Pierre Champagne, who settled in Montreal in 1666
Champagne Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Nicolas Champagne, who arrived in Canada in 1707
  • Jacques Champagne, a deported salt smuggler, sent to Canada sometime between 1731 and 1743
  • Nicolas Champagne, who landed in Canada in 1738

Contemporary Notables of the name Champagne (post 1700) +

  • Anthony V. Champagne, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Illinois 8th District, 1940 [7]
  • Simone B. Champagne (b. 1954), American politician, member of the Louisiana House of Representatives
  • Salvatore Champagne, American operatic tenor
  • Ronald Champagne (b. 1942), American administrator, past president of Roger Williams University
  • Keith Champagne (b. 1970), American comic artist, best known for his work at DC Comics
  • David B. Champagne (1932-1952), U.S. Marine who received the Medal of Honor during the Korean War
  • Connie Champagne, American singer, song-writer and actor
  • Maurice Champagne (1868-1951), French writer
  • Jean-François Champagne (1751-1813), French scholar
  • Andrée Champagne PC CM (1939-2020), Canadian actress, pianist and politician, Senator for Grandville, Quebec (2005-2014)
  • ... (Another 10 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

  1. ^ Olivier, Reginald L. Your Ancient Canadian Family Ties. Logan: The Everton Publishers, Inc., P.O. Box 368, 1972. Print
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  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 on Facebook