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Champion is an ancient Norman name that arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. It is a name for a champion. In the Middle Ages, a common way of settling disputes was through trial by combat. Thus, proficient fighters would sell their services to represent parties involved in such cases by fighting on their behalf. The word derives from the Anglo-Norman French word, campion, of the same meaning.

Champion Early Origins



The surname Champion was first found in Bedfordshire (Old English: Bedanfordscir), located in Southeast-central England, formerly part of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Mercia, where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Champion Spelling Variations


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Champion Spelling Variations



Before the last few hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Champion were recorded, including Champion, Campion and others.

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Champion Early History


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Champion Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Champion research. Another 173 words (12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Champion History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Champion Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Champion Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Champion Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



The unstable environment in England at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland, Australia, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Champion arrived in North America very early:

Champion Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Pasco Champion settled in Virginia in 1621
  • Pascoe Champion, who landed in Virginia in 1621
  • Tho Champion, who landed in New England in 1634
  • Thomas Champion, who arrived in New England in 1634
  • Thomas Champion settled in New England in 1634 with his wife and servants
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Champion Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Zachariah Champion settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1767

Champion Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Adelaid Champion, who arrived in New Orleans in 1822
  • Ephm Champion, aged 41, arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1832
  • Mary Ann Champion, aged 50, arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1832
  • Peter Champion, who landed in Mobile County, Ala in 1845
  • Charles Champion, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Champion Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Charles Champion, who settled in Arizona in 1919

Champion Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Catherine Champion, who arrived in Toronto in 1871
  • Alex Champion, who settled in Ontario in 1871

Champion Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Champion, English convict from Gloucester, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on July 29th, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1823 with 151 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1823
  • Alice Champion arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Henry Porcher" in 1838 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HENY PORCHER 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838HenryPorcher.htm
  • Alfred Champion, aged 19, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Trafalgar"
  • Richard Champion, aged 37, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Trafalgar"
  • Benjamin Champion, aged 36, a miner, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Standard"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Champion Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William Champion, aged 21, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Shamrock" in 1856
  • Thomas Champion, aged 24, arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Accrington" in 1863
  • Emily Champion, aged 24, arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Accrington" in 1863
  • E. W. Champion arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Annie Wilson" in 1863
  • William Champion arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Portland" in 1864
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Champion (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Champion (post 1700)



  • Henry Champion (1751-1836), American politician, Member of Connecticut council of assistants, 1806-17; Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Colchester, 1820
  • Harry V. Champion, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Old Lyme, 1932
  • Hale Champion, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1964
  • George C. Champion, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Florida, 1972; Presidential Elector for Florida, 1972
  • George Champion (1840-1928), American politician, Mayor of Normal, Illinois, 1892-93
  • Epaphroditus Champion (1756-1834), American politician, Representative from Connecticut, 1807-17 (at-large 1807-09, 1st District 1809-11, at-large 1811-17)
  • Edwin Van Meter Champion (1890-1976), American Democrat politician, Peoria County State's Attorney, 1932-36; U.S. Representative from Illinois at-large, 1937-39
  • Clifford Champion, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 24th District, 1902
  • Charles Upham Champion (1864-1949), American Democrat politician, Branch County Prosecuting Attorney; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1920, 1932 (alternate)
  • Charles P. Champion, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Quebec City, 1884
  • ... (Another 20 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Champion Historic Events


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Champion Historic Events




Halifax Explosion

  • Mrs. Hazel Marguerite  Champion, née Bishop, Canadian resident from Richmond, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

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Suggested Readings for the name Champion


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Suggested Readings for the name Champion



  • Champion Families: The Champion Trails in America by Bonnie Duff Neal Smith.

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Champion Family Crest Products


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Citations



  1. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1823 with 151 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1823
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HENY PORCHER 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838HenryPorcher.htm

Other References

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  2. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  3. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  4. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  5. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  6. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  8. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  9. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  10. 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).
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The Champion Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Champion Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 22 October 2016 at 22:46.

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